A few days ago, I overheard someone utter a dreadful cliché, “Friends shouldn’t work together.” Yeah, say that to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards! Jagger and Richards, also known as The Glimmer Twins, have known each other since they were little kids. They rode bicycles together years before writing songs together. Now over 50 years collectively in The Rolling Stones, the pair remain good buddies. In fact, Richards claims to love Jagger “99 percent of
Boys will be boys. If he’s mean to you, it’s just because he likes you. Skinny girls are pretty girls. Love is hard. Women belong in the kitchen. All of these “lessons” are lessons I was taught as a young girl and I bet you were too. When I was 6, 9, and 12, they were fact. But, when puberty hit, these “harmless” lessons started to reveal themselves to be harmful, wrong, outdated, and toxic.
Flashback to a frilly white apron covered in flour from the bread baking in the oven. Flashback to vacuuming in heels, all smiles when the husband comes home from work. Flashback to putting band-aids on boo-boos and wiping away tears on sticky faces. Reality Check: This is where the state-of-the-world is leading us. Feminism is in regression. The pandemic, despite arguments and blame-games, is nobody’s fault. However, what we are allowing it to do to
It’s no big secret that our culture promotes sex revolving around the pleasure of a man. That final release in porn videos, movies, and other forms of media signify a job well done on the woman’s part in pleasing her man as if it some sort of accomplishment to be celebrated, rather than a natural part of human interaction and relationships. Although this may not seem like a problem on the outside because the majority
As a woman who has worn many hats, I am an advocate for women pursuing their visions and dreams. I believe that self-confidence and determination are the keys to success. Too many are held back by the fear of success or listening to negative advice from others. My motto has always been “if you don’t play, you can’t win, and have turned a deaf ear to anyone who has tried to dissuade me from moving
“No” is a word that every woman should lay claim to. Feel its weight on her tongue, pass it from cheek to cheek, memorize its taste for future use. Her mouth should be a weapon, the word “no” her worthy bullet; anything that sets her off is valid to pull that trigger. “No” can have a lot of uses for a woman in this male-centric society, and one situation many women have faced is workplace
If I hadn’t studied martial arts and self-defense for many years, I doubt I’d be the person I am today. Taking karate and tai chi classes helped me to learn how to protect myself, assert myself, and be more confident. As have many other martial arts students, I became an advocate for studying it and have taught lessons to groups and individuals. Earlier this year I taught a self-defense course for three sessions to a