Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Feminine Differential – Complexity

As we emulate being a woman, do we pick only the experiences that reinforce our closed perceptions?  Few of us pre-transition will ever know what it is like to be a woman, however to ignore the obvious is a disservice to the realm we enter.

Working and spending extended periods as Rhonda has given me insights I would have never known otherwise. Will I ever fully appreciate what womanhood entails – not likely because my mind-set does not go there.  

Listed below are some of the complexities I have felt and/or are acknowledged as the feminine reality. To know, is to appreciate this part of the feminine differential.

  • Womanhood is a constant struggle between your heart and mind.
  • Womanhood is a continuous shuffle between rigidity and fragility.
  • Womanhood is a frequent shift between sensibility and sensitivity.
  • Womanhood is alternating between stiffness and submissiveness.
  • Womanhood is being subject to cultural sexism and harassment.
  • Womanhood is balancing being attractive and being taken seriously.
  • Womanhood is being constantly aware of your physical appearance and surroundings. 
  • Womanhood is about competing with younger women, for jobs and attention on only appearance.
  • Womanhood is being afraid to express opinions for fear of being aggressive or not liked.
  • Womanhood is being paid 18% less than a man doing the same job.
  • Womanhood is about living these complexities and striking a balance.

As with the Starship Enterprise, let us "Explore strange new worlds... to boldly go where no man has gone before."  But most important - Let our exploration be with understanding, appreciation and awe.  

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