What It Means to Be a Woman Today

11 Sep

There are many things that I could say about what it means to be a woman today…but I’m not going to go on a rant. I think that being a woman today is a rather tricky situation. Women are expected to have full time jobs but still take care of their families, we are supposed to be strong and independent but not take away a man’s masculinity, we are expected to be tough but still stay feminine.

If a woman acts helpless she is being accused of being stuck in the past. If a woman refuses help (especially from a man) she is a bra burning feminist. So what is a girl to do? Woman today need to just be left alone and stop being subjected to the stereotypes of the past and the present. Being a woman today means that there are even more demands placed upon us, not only are we supposed to keep the standard “women’s work” but also add a full time job on top of that. We are not at the same level as men but we are getting close.

I think that being a woman today is hard. We are being pulled in several different directions at once. There are so many things that a woman is “supposed” to be, many of which is a contradiction to itself. Being a woman today is you being you, but more.

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2 Responses to “What It Means to Be a Woman Today”

  1. jennifer ludy grove September 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    This reminds me of the concept of the “superwoman.” Supposed to be able to have it all. Impossible ideal. Very nice commentary Shay!

  2. lisaanneryan September 12, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    I agree. I think that in pushing the limits of what women can do, we have forced ourselves to be able to do it all.

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