Womanhood

There is no beauty in makeup. Expensive clothes will not make you beautiful.  The secret lies in being an alive, awake woman with something to offer the world.  Namely, YOURSELF. Beauty is less about your face and more about your smile.  Less about the shape of your eyebrows, more about the light in your eyes.  Less about the length of your legs, more about the bounce in your step.
— An extract from  Nicole Johnson’s Fresh Brewed Life.

What Johnson sums a lot about being a woman but what it misses is to point out her potential. When Simone de Beauvior in The Second Sex went charging the Bible and the Church for the subjugation of women and best highlighting it with

A man is a human being. A woman is just a female
little did she know that it hit harder than imagined. However, things have been slower to change and move in India. Elizabeth Debold’s thoughts sum it much clearer not just for our mothers but also mothers of our generation:
Raising a daughter is an extremely political act in this culture. Mothers have been placed in a no-win situation with their daughters: if they teach their daughters simply how to get along in a world that has been shaped by men and male desires, then they betray their daughters’ potential. But, if they do not, they leave their daughters adrift in a hostile world without survival strategies.
But then, isn’t it time that those shackles need to be brought down? After all, it has been the generations of us only who have been an indirect support to this subjugation.
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