Still on the topic of women, I remember one time I came across a discussion of sorts over on Facebook (really, FB could be a treasure trove of triggers). People were exchanging thoughts about women’s liberation or being independent.
I can no longer remember exactly what was said but I do remember that I thought these girls’ interpretation may be a tad off tangent. At least to my understanding of women empowerment. And it led me to comment thus (I have enhanced some parts from my original comment):
Women empowerment is not based on our dependence on or independence from men. Women empowerment means being able to stand for one’s own rights and principles and fight for them and for others to recognize and respect these principles and rights. To be a feminist means to openly take pride in one’s abilities as a woman even if those abilities fall short of what men may be able to accomplish by virtue of our physical capabilities. Or that if women do surpass what men can do, that excellence is not taken against them. Let’s not cage ourselves believing empowerment or feminism is freedom from the shadow of men. Feminism is the freedom from the shadow of how women should be as dictated by society.
I love men. I know there are times when I feel the need for them emotionally, psychologically, physically. But all the same, I’m saying I do not see myself any less of a being because there is no man in my life. Neither do I consider myself weak should I happen to have a man in my life.
I am strong. I am able. I have power. I am woman.