Tuesday, March 8, 2011

this is me, asking you for help

Today is International Women's Day.

and all morning I've been trying to think of something to write that could encompass how I feel about my femininity and womanhood. but then I realized, I spend all post every post (nearly) writing about just that, and I'm so sick of hearing myself talk and think I don't know what I'll do if I crank out another "this is what being a woman means to me" type post right now. probably something very problematic...

So this is me, asking you for help. 

would you join my conversation today? comment with a bit about what you think of the topic, even if it's just a Thank You for your mom or sister. I am in desperate need of some new ideas and inspiration.

Include any links to music, other writing/blogs, or quotes that help you speak.

 but please, speak. 


  1. http://pinkbangles.blogspot.com/2011/03/100th-international-womens-day.html

  2. Hmmm, inspiration on Women's Day? My list could go on and on - I love reading about women's issues.

    Your post makes me think of Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman." Read the poem if you haven't already. Well worth it :)

    I also think that you should read A Room of One's Own (aka Shakespeare's Sister). Virginia Woolf's famous essay is required reading for any budding feminist! :) It's my favorite feminist work. So much so, in fact, that I made Matt promise me a room of my own before I would agree to marry him - and he's kept his promise. :)

    I also like to keep in mind that women are more than half the souls on Earth. 51% is a powerful number for a population that is so often made to seem insignificant.

  3. I think wearing lipstick makes me feel more womanly :)

    On a serious note, I really liked reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
    Totally feministic.

    Another great story. My AP Lit teacher was hardcore!

  4. I have been inspired by so many women! Those who are famous and those who have been a big part of my life.
    I think all women are inspiring.


  5. I never wanted babies. I can remember being ten or twelve or sixteen or even five and knowing I would never have kids. And then a couple years ago, I started questioning why I was letting a five year old decide whether or not I wanted kids and I came to the conclusion that my entire decision was based on my definition of a woman and mother as determined by my own mother who left when I was two.

    But I'm my own woman. I've grown into my own version of a woman on my own with the resources I was given. And I told somebody tonight how to change the fuses on her stove and I can change all four of my tires in under thirty minutes with a jack and tire iron. And if I can teach my future little girl to do that and whatever else she wants to do and to always feel beautiful (even if her hands are black with car schmutz) at the same time?

    Then I could be a mom who will provide the resources for my daughter to grow into her own kind of woman too.

  6. I've talked with a lot of women in the past few days. I've talked to stay at home mothers, working women and women who balance work, kids and a host of other amazing talents. I'm not sure I could ever define womanhood. I'm not sure there is a definition. I think for some it may include wearing aprons and cooking delicious cookies that I will never perfect... to others it may be the joy they find in working hard and achieving things women in the past only dreamed of...

    to me, I like to think of my womanhood as being the most basic part of me- the most essential foundation of who I am that has been there forever. I am proud to be a woman and I look up to so many women in my life-including you Kels. I love you girl. You are truly inspiring.


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