Monday, February 15, 2010

"Being a girl is so powerful that we've had to train everyone not to be that"

You might recognize or have heard of Eve Ensler for creating the critically acclaimed Vagina Monlogues. Ensler's goal is to not only create more awareness against oppression and violence against women but to educate and most importantly empower women of all walks of life. Ensler has made many profound points in her discussion on the girl cell, which she claims boys are taught to suppress. There are different expectations on how boys and girls are brought up. These expectations actually shapes genders norms and the kinds of roles they will fill later in their life. These gender norms will lead to girls thinking they are followers, not leaders like the boys.

I think that the most important point that she brings up is on how the disappearance of these girl traits has led us to the kind of world that we live in now. In may not be so prominent in our Western society, but in other parts of the world violence, rape and genocide are being committed against women and children everyday. This video is quite enlightening, powerful and insightful. I suggest that if you have twenty minutes to spare, I promise you it will make you embrace that inner female cell inside of you; boy or girl. xo

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