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cartoon owl reading a book illustrating an article about equal rights for womenEqual rights for women is not something to be embarrassed about wanting.

Being a feminist is not something to be ashamed of.

A woman who expresses an opinion is not being ‘strident.’

I’M NOT A FEMINIST BUT…

No woman should have to prefix their desire for a bit of fairness with the squirmingly clichéd ‘I’m not a feminist but…’

THE STUPID GRAPH

There, I just wanted to get that off my chest. Why? Well here we are with equal rights enshrined in law and yet the pressures on women to look good are getting higher and higher on the stupid graph every day.

No new opportunity to exploit our insecurities is considered beyond the boundaries.

THE RIGHT TO GET YOUR VAGINA DYED

Vagina dying anyone? (Make mine a rainbow and paint the sun on my bum while you’re at it please.)

We can get our anus bleached to make it more ‘appealing.’ There’s one for the family album!  And, for a bit of pampering we could even enjoy having our nostrils waxed.

Meanwhile, it’s not just the colour of our vagina that needs a bit of ‘pampering.’

The standards for looking good everywhere else have risen impossibly high as well.

SO LAST YEAR

We’re supposed to look the same in middle age as we did in our twenties. Looking good and looking the same as you did in your twenties is not the same thing.

A GOOD LOOKING BIRD

blackbird on a branch illustrating an article about equal rights for womenI think we’re all agreed that looking happy is a good look. But it’s not the easiest look for a woman to carry off these days.

HOW TO LOOK HAPPY

It’s hard to look happy when you’re feeling insecure about not having your vagina done in this season’s colour, or worrying about your anus looking a bit last year.

No matter how many times Gwyneth explains how hard she works out to get her looks, I suspect that nothing I do in the gym is going to get me a face like hers and that shouldn’t matter.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WOMEN WRITERS

I write and I garden. How I look doesn’t affect how I work, although at risk of appearing cynical it might just affect how much work I get

Why am I so cynical? Well it could be down to having spent four years studying film and television with barely a mention of a women writer or director from the lecturers.

There is more on the subject of women’s writing being ignored here.

Maybe it’s the fact that if you researched women on Google’s Adwords you’d see that 90 people a month are searching for intelligent women while 135,000 search for ‘hot’ ones.

To be honest there are lots of other reasons but I just don’t have room here, this is a post – not a book.

FACE-HACKING

Equal rights or not, there is pressure. We all know it and feel it whether we succumb or not.  We even have television shows where men get to sit around suggesting various cosmetic procedures to women.

Why can’t they discuss what so many women manage to achieve in life despite being responsible for most of the child and home care?

Most women aren’t film stars and we do just fine without having our faces hacked and our bits improved.

Why can’t they hack that?

Bye for now.

Grace

 

 

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