I used to think I was empowered for shaving my legs because I shaved them for myself, not for men. But then I thought about it and, if I had grown up in a different society, would I still feel the compulsion or want to shave any part of my body? I realized that the mere idea of shaving had been planted in my brain and though it was my decision and I “do it for myself” I was conditioned to make that decision under the guise of empowerment, all while playing into what a patriarchal society thinks a woman should do. I thought that I had made this decision of my own volition, and that I was somehow subverting toxic feminine expectations. My shaving, even doing it for my own pleasure, was born and ingrained in me by a misogynistic society. The choice to do it for myself was never really an option because simply the act of doing it plays into the misogynistic societal expectations of women and therefore perpetuates the ideology that women should be hairless and are less-than if they choose not to be. I guess I’ve just come to the realization that while I might feel emboldened by certain acts, they aren’t actually empowering and don’t help further the feminist movement. It’s really shifted my perspective on many things in, what I hope is, a good way.
do you ever get those song cravings, where it’s not like you’ve got a song stuck in your head necessarily, but you just really need to listen to this one specific song, and when you do it’s just so satisfying and perfect?
Peggy Carter in Every Episode → Hollywood Ending (2x10) “Yes, there are many obstacles. But I’m standing in front of three of the most radiant minds on the planet. Surely, you can find a way to overcome them.”