The List of 5 Ridiculous Things a Man Has Told Me About Womanhood
Women talk too much. That’s what some men say these days, isn’t it? Women talk and talk and don’t know when to stop. Well, as true as that may be sometimes, it can also just be a huge male moment of projecting without self-awareness. Contrary to popular belief, men can talk too much as well — especially when it comes to womanhood.
It’s OK To Be Rude
The first time I was harassed, I was barely thirteen. Standing outside the grocery store where my dad was helping my grandma choose some things to bring back to her apartment, I waited with our new puppy on the sidewalk. It was busy and hot, the sun battering the pavement and the exhaust from cars clouding in the air. A man older than my father approached, petting our new puppy without asking. He then launched into a speech about how pretty I was, followed by an onslaught of questions begging to know my address, my phone number, my age and whether my parents were around. I told him I was just thirteen. He laughed, but was not dissuaded. I noticed how his eyes lingered in uncomfortable places for longer than I wanted them to. As he leaned close to me, I caught a whiff of alcohol from his faded t-shirt. Eventually, I ran inside.
I Was Always Proud That I Wasn't A "Typical" Girl
I was always a little different from other girls in my class. While most of the girls liked to talk about clothes and fashion, I wanted to talk about books and the latest gadgets. I was always a voracious reader so wanted to discuss amazing things described in them(this was the pre-internet era when we relied on books for all our knowledge). But most of the girls couldn't share my interests.
A Feminist Examination of "Twilight"...By a Man
The reputation of the 2008 cinematic adaptation of Stephenie Meyers’s Twilight precedes it, for worse and for better. Sometime in middle school, I attempted to read the original novel. Popular as it was, I found it dull and couldn’t bring myself to finish it. As such, when I was assigned to watch the movie for a college class, my expectations going in were rather low. Much to my surprise, I found myself actually liking the film somewhat. Director Catherine Hardwicke paints very beautiful cinematic pictures, and I found quite a few of the characters rather endearing—specifically, Bella and Jacob’s respective dads, Bella and Edward’s respective moms, Edward’s adoptive sister Alice, and Bella’s friend group at Forks High. And, for all the crap she has been given, I thought Kristen Stewart did well as Bella. All that said, Twilight still has its issues. Viewed through a feminist lens, though it is by no means a masterpiece, it is not completely without merit either.
Fangirl Culture Made Me The Badass Woman I Am Today
Originally published on Odyssey Online The first iteration of my Facebook page when I was fourteen included an expansive list of the fandoms I belonged to: Whovian, Potterhead. Directioner. Sheerio. The list went on and on. I listed my fandoms as my good qualities on a resume.
I Loved Gaining Weight — Until I Ventured Out of Quarantine
The moment the first lockdown happened, I quickly started gaining weight. Lots of take-out, the lack of exercise in a global pandemic, and living in a bubble of happiness with my newfound love all contributed to the change my body was going through.
A Girl with Daddy Issues Is a Running Joke that Hides Its True Meaning
I have daddy issues. Just like dozens of other people I know personally, not to mention thousands of strangers. Women and men both struggle with daddy issues in all parts of the world, either subconsciously or on some active conscious level.
We Need to Teach Our Daughters They Are Enough
When I was five, my grandfather tried to convince me that men were superior to women. I don’t remember this, being so young at the time, but my mother has since recounted the story to me. I was standing there, looking up at my beloved grandpa with wide eyes, nodding along when she walked in and heard what he was saying.
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An Empath’s Pros and Cons of Being Called a GILF
There is a joy in being referred to as a GILF As a grandmother, twice over, I feel a sense of pride in the backhanded compliment.
Being a Woman
Being a woman sucks, plain and fucking simple. Times have changed but not enough. Women are still the minority in this world. It goes men, children, the elderly, animals and then women. We come fucking last always, no matter what. This world is cruel and not made to have women in power.
Boy, keep your opinions to yourself!
So truthfully, this is not a piece that I wanted to write but, it is a subject that needs to be broached: Why do men think they can tell women what they should do with their bodies? Scratch that: Why do males think they are entitled to an ongoing, open-ended plethora of opinions on a female’s body in the first place? I can see your wheels spinning & your nostrils beginning to flare so before you entertain visions of pitchforks & Planned Parenthood clinics blowing up in your minds, I am not referring to abortions, although I am very pro choice; no, I’m talking about how women present themselves to the world. I had a “well-meaning friend” message me the other day on a social media platform saying that he was concerned that I was becoming what he thought was too thin. First of all, really bud? You’re concerned for my health & you thought you’d play armchair psychiatrist/doctor? No actually, I am a healthy weight for the first time in my adult life thank you very much; do guys just not have better things to do than write their exes or female friends lectures, *cough* I mean `messages’ to berate & belittle us? Isn’t it enough that we get constant criticism blaring from all other areas of our lives?
In A Women’s Head
So, we are women. Big deal. Growing up, I remember just how different the world was. Well at least to women anyways. Y’all, I’m 26. I know what you’re thinking. Well, maybe not. “You’re so young!” I know. “What could you possibly have learned by 26.” And I always laugh about this, because let me tell you I have learned so much.
Why I told no one about my personality disorder diagnosis.
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Our. Misunderstood. Female-Self.
I watch from my office window this foggy morning, my coffee cup resting on a ring of paint on the frame as an April snow swirls in thick bursts in the backyard.
Masculinity and violence
95% of homicides on the planet are committed by men (UN, 2013), 93.2% of people in prison are men (WPL, University of London, 2018), 75% of suicides are carried out by men (600,000 each year)… These are examples that reflect an objective reality that indicates that “violence is a man's thing”.
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