Here's the thing. Women ARE strong. We are formidable.
And it's godamn terrifying to a patriarchy teetering on the edge of collapse.
But this is why we are patronised. Why we are talked over. Why as children we are indoctrinated with a subtle suggestion that we will never be as good as a man… So we put our confidence in the opinions of others, instead of our own intuition. And we play along with the lies, and the half truths – so as not to rock the boat.
We threaten the identity, the very core of the patriarchy that wants to maintain the current status quo.
We're not suppressed because we're weak. We're marginalised because we're strong. Terrifyingly strong. Being an Amazon isn't conventionally attractive. Amazons cannot be controlled and manipulated. We're wild cards. We're concerned with more than making dinner and hanging with girlfriends.
We're strong for a reason, and I can't but help that the reason has something to do with being the example. An example of someone who wont be silenced. Who will speak her truth, so that others can see that it's ok to do the same. What if that became the norm? What if we stopped playing by invisible unspoken rules. Stopped reinforcing the status quo that is so clearly f***ed, and instead broke free?
What if we were fully ourselves, and just noticed when others try to make out that we are being emotional, or silly?
What if instead we talked directly to the issue, instead of letting ourselves be manipulated into letting it go for an easy life? What if we were more concerned with truth than we were with making sure everyone was “happy”? What if we held our boundaries, consequences and fall out be damned?
Who might we be tomorrow, or the day after. Or in ten years time?
I sometimes wonder…