I am not a feminist. I think the modern feminist movement is sorely misguided in many ways and they do diminish women’s power. They encourage events such as Amber Rose’s Slut Walk. Feminists have convinced women that if they are confident and comfortable with themselves that they will put their body on display for the world to see, ogle and judge. And the men of the world say “OK” with a shrug. This all works out great for them.
The most empowering message that I think can be shared with young women is that pretty is not special. Pretty is great but it is far too common to make you special. And there are so many different types of pretty in the world that pretty connoisseurs can sample your type of pretty and then move on to a different type of pretty.
Besides that pretty is bountiful. I see it all over the place. I live in Kansas City, MO. Kansas City isn’t a glamorous place like New York or Paris but my goodness I have seen some gorgeous women in this town. I’ve seen them at the night spots, churches, the drug store, shopping malls they’re everywhere. They range in age from sixteen to sixty. They are fair skinned to deep brown, petite to pleasantly plump, conservative, sexy, edgy, trendy you name it. So if pretty is what you focus on you’re really just another face in the crowd if you’re in certain crowds. I for one think any woman can be pretty. It just takes a little style.
And there is no finish line to pretty. There’s really no way to know if you’re the fairest of them all because no one is cute to everyone and everyone is cute to someone. The quest for pretty can be exhausting. Are you ever pretty enough? And one must remember that Father Time is always right behind you. I don’t think that Father Time necessarily destroys beauty but he certainly changes it to a different kind of beauty that is not appreciated.
I am realistic and I think pretty is good. It’s certainly better than ugly. And certain opportunities will only be opened to those that are deemed pretty. You only have one body so by all means cherish it and decorate it well. But pretty needs to go along with other things or it is useless and possibly even irritating. Pretty needs to be partnered with a good spirit, a keen intellect and or an enjoyable personality. All of those things will outlast the youthful beauty that society puts on a pedestal.
Not that anyone has asked but I advise all women to enjoy and protect the beauty of your youth but don’t make it an idol. You are more than your shell. Let all of your gifts shine. Some of them can last a lifetime even if you live a long life. Don’t let this world tell you that your value depends on how you measure up to beauty queens or Low Rider models. Your value is not dependent on how many men approach you when you are out for a night on the town. Your value is not determined by the status of the men you attract.
2017 is a dangerous time for women. Young women and men are being fed foolishness under the guise of feminism. Men and women need to retrain themselves to value women for something other than physical appearance. We will all be well served when we learn to value women as whole human beings.