The Power of Femininity

October 24, 2014 | Diana Stancy

In the 21st century, women can be whoever they want to be. Women today are doctors, lawyers, businesswomen, and mothers. It’s up to you. Choose who you want to be.

Yet today, after all the opportunities offered to women, feminists are clamoring for more. Now, feminists are attempting to change laws that prohibit topless women at beaches. Since men are bare chested at beaches, they believe women should be too.

Seemingly oppressed, feminists have started a #FreeTheNipple Twitter campaign to combat this “gender inequality.” To raise awareness, women are wearing flesh colored bikini “TaTa Tops” that give the startling impression they are topless.

These feminists not only fail to recognize the physical differences between men and women, they also dismiss potential harm that would result. Robin Graves and Michelle Lytle, makers of the TaTa Top, state on their website:

“Who is this law protecting and what are they protecting them from? What message does it send to young women about their bodies? That they should be ashamed and keep them covered?”

Unfortunately, it encourages women be seen as merely sexual objects by men and rejects that physical differences exist. It appears that these feminists wish to nominally remain women, yet be men in other aspects.

This sentiment from feminists is not new. In the 1997 film G.I. Jane, a female Naval officer undergoes a serious transformation as she is selected to be the first woman to join the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Group in training. Actress Demi Moore drastically converts from a beautiful woman into the likeness of a man.

She shaves her hair off. Her body changes and looks like a man’s. She even speaks like a man. The overall message of the movie: be a man at all costs.

These examples clearly expose one of the fundamental flaws of feminism. In order to be equal to men, feminists attempt to emulate men. Yet why must a woman be exactly like a man to be considered powerful?

The answer is simple—power is not limited to masculinity. As American actress Zooey Deschanel commented:

“We don’t need to look like men or dress like men to be powerful. We can be powerful in our own way, our own feminine way.”

The problem is that disregarding our biological differences prohibits diversity from thriving. What kind of message are we sending young women if we glamorize those who reject their own femininity and instead, embrace masculinity?

Empowering women requires that biological differences are understood and valued. By dismissing our natural feminine tendencies, we are disrespecting all women by implying masculinity is superior. In essence then, femininity is the celebration of being a woman.

Women’s power may manifest itself differently than men, but that doesn’t mean women are holding back. According to a recent Pew Research poll, 38 percent of women aged 25 to 32 have earned bachelor’s degrees compared to 31 percent of men.

In 2012, U.S. News released an article that cited 2008 census data demonstrating that average single women in their 20s earn “8 percent more than their male counterparts in metropolitan areas.” In some cities, this number is as high as 21 percent.

Ladies, you can be powerful. Our futures are bright. You can go into the world and have any career you would like. Demonstrate the power of femininity by proving limitations don’t exist, because today, nothing is stopping American women.

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