Growing up as a woman in the most culturally diverse country on the planet has given me the opportunity to be exposed to the different perspectives on femininity. I was also lucky enough to explore different cultures and ideals on what a woman’s role was in other societies by living abroad on many occasions. However, in many woman’s groups, particularly those that cater to femininity, there is a tendency for focus and praise to be given to a singular mode of feminine expression.
A group focusing on a particular branch in the larger tree of femininity is understandable however, when we begin to demonize one part of the tree in praise of the other, we partake in behavior that is akin to biting the hand that feeds us or defecating where we sleep. Femininity is one of the topics where by narrowing its modes of expression we do ourselves a disservice. It is not my intent to push for a more fluid idea of what the feminine is, but instead to give due reverence to what has always been feminine.