I’m a ten-year-old trapped inside a forty-two year old body. I’ve never understood that to do something “like a girl” meant to be weak, to give half an effort. Just what the hell is dainty?
Everyone should feel at home being themselves in their own skin. If you can’t feel comfortable in your own skin you’ll never feel comfortable anywhere.
I’ll admit that the message of what it means to be feminine, to allow the man to be the strong one and not show him up, had it’s hooks in me for a time. A long time. But even then I’m pretty sure I was doing it wrong.
I’ve always been mechanically inclined. I’ve always loved to use circular saws, and miter saws, and wet saws, and power drills, and the blower, and the mower. Tools are not gender specific. They don’t know if they’re in the hands of a man or a woman. A man can wield a Hoover every bit as effectively as a woman can. The Hoover doesn’t know and it doesn’t care who switched the power on.
I’m not particularly athletically inclined. Neither are a lot of men I know. That doesn’t mean when they try they’re doing it “like a girl”. It just means it’s not their forte. So what?
In everything I try to do I give it 100%. I don’t care if I look stupid. When I run I run hard. When I throw I throw hard. When I punch I punch hard.
To the women out there; don’t let being a woman make you feel weak or inferior. Do what you want to do and do with everything you’ve got. To the men out there; if you’re intimidated by a woman doing it “like a man”, get over yourself. Either get better at whatever it is or accept the fact that women are exceedingly capable of most anything we set our minds to.
Women: Do you typically hold yourself back in order to make a man look good?
Men: Do you expect a woman to behave like they are incapable so that you can feel better about yourself?
What a load of rubbish! Why on earth would any man want a woman to hold herself back, to waste her talents, to squelch her passions? I, for one, want a partner who gives all they’ve got to whatever they’re doing. I want him to succeed and to dream big and accomplish it. Why would a man want anything less in his partner?