In-teresting...and what IS feminine?!?


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Posted by Anne Beltestad on October 12, 2002 at 02:00:36:

In reply to: The merchandizing of "femininity" posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 12, 2002 at 00:08:25:

I'm lucky enough to be studying with a really formidable feminist theorist right now (Nancy Fraser) and these sorts of things have been on my mind. So yeah, I'd like to take a glance at some PDFs you may have related to this stuff.
The interesting thing was how the marketing woman introduced the study (which I neglected to mention was sponsored by Tampax) and made sure to mention "DOCTOR Elizabeth so-and-so" and "DOCTOR Jane so-and-so" but NO-ONE even said anything else about womens' intellectual achievements. It was so sad it was funny. I felt like the main character in an Ursula K Leguin novel.
Thinking of the replies people have made and my own recent musings on the topic...my mom is in town and she has always embodied for me what is feminine. She's pretty, she's smart, she's opinionated, she's lately athletic (she says thanks to my sister and I), she stands up for what's right, and SHE DON'T TAKE NO SHIT. I grew up having to measure myself, to struggle against, to become my own person in the shadow of, a woman who's not big physically but boy is she Badass, half-Norwegian and half-Texan, busty and ramrod posture and loud and sarcastic. You Do Not Mess With My Mom. That, to me, is feminine. She's my role model. Good shoes cause you never know and an extra bottle of water, walk proud down the street so no-one messes with you, and speak your mind even if your voice shakes (my mom's voice never shakes).
I'm curious about what feminine means to other people....hmmm, may start canvassing all my friends now...

 


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