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I Am Woman

It’s Thursday, and you already know that I’m thankful. In addition to Thursdayness, there’s WOMANNESS today! It’s International Women’s Day, so it only seems right to be thankful for my womanhood.

I’ve always identified as a woman FIRST. Not as a race, nationality, religion, age, or level of education. Girl. Woman. Lady. Female. Always.

This is a ladies only style of body?! Well, YIPPITY-DOO-DAAAH! EEEEEEE!

Even though I’m a woman:

  • I wear pants pretty much every day
  • I do planks, push-ups, and other strength/muscle-building activities
  • I eat as much as I want
  • I have cake and ice cream late at night
  • I love a woman
  • I keep my hair super short
  • I refuse to wear makeup every day
  • I don’t shave my legs every couple of days
  • I refuse to wear pantyhose unless I’m going to an older person’s funeral
  • I hold a full time job
  • I do not like puppies, kittens, red roses, or the colour pink

As I woman, I am not criticized for:

  • Wearing skirts, dresses, makeup, or heels (on the rare occasions that I feel like it)
  • Having my nails done
  • Keeping my eyebrows groomed
  • Owning pink things (Bright pink is the only one that I can tolerate)

Because I am a woman:

  • I can give birth to more than ideas, plans, and art… I can bring life into the world
  • I know what it’s like to be underestimated (and to prove people wrong)
  • I hear cat calls, kissy noises, and exclamations like, “OY! SEXY!” every day
  • I’m often told that I am beautiful
  • Some men think they have the right to touch me (and they are sadly mistaken)
  • There are lots of expectations of me (that may or may not be met)
  • I get away with a few things
  • People try to fit me into a box (which could never work!)
  • It’s upsetting to people that I love a woman
  • I am a target
  • I always carry pepper spray and a stun gun
  • Society tells me to be careful how I dress, because that choice determines how I should be treated
A lot of things come along with being a woman. There is good, and there is bad. There are things that I like, and things that annoy me. We do not all agree, and we do not all live the same lifestyles. Among us are feminists, atheists, Christians, Muslims, lesbians, bi-sexuals, members of parliament, presidential candidates, divas, mechanics, lawyers, doctors, artists, stay-at-home moms, bloggers, writers, runners, yoga-enthusiasts, bad drivers (lol), soccer moms, nomads, minimalists, and extremists. We don’t all like each others. We aren’t all friends. The thing that we have in common is that WE ARE WOMEN. We share struggles and triumphs. We sympathize and empathize with each other. We champion some of the same causes. We make mistakes. We work hard. We do what we can. Because we can. Now, LET ME HEAR YOU ROOOOOARRRRR!

As Helen Reddy put it:

I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
’cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
’cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

This one is for all you crazies out there:

I’m a Bitch <— I have no idea why this won’t embed. *sighs*

Why are you happy/thankful to be a woman?

Betty Knows Best!

A million zillion of my FB friends shared this. I had to do the same. Just not on Facebook.

Whale or Mermaid?

I just saw this on Facebook, and it made me smile.

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! ”

(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn)