11 hours ago
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.
We say to girls
"You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man"
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices, always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a source of
joy and love and mutual support,
but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don't teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors.
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men.
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.
Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”
-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My tenth post to Instagram was from a piece by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If you haven’t watched her Ted Talk... 100/ 10 recommend.
Meanwhile, it’s day four of singing “I woke up like this, I woke up like this. We flawless, Ladies, tell ‘em.” -Beyoncé
Just those lines— that’s all I know of it.
To the women reading this: we are not competition— we’re *flawless* and there is so much power when we recognize the light in one another. To the men reading this: I hope you’re feminists.
I have a headache, so goodnight❤️
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