In the 70’s the groundswell, activism and voices of women were loud and clear. Like it or not.
Yesterday I came across a video on Facebook. It brought back so many memories and highlighted a current issue I’d like to get on my soapbox about.
Women’s Rights and Equality were the agenda for the day in the 70’s and power dressing was the rage in the 80’s with big shoulder pads. We owned it, and we were proud. This era shaped us. Your mother, aunty, grandmother, co-worker or friend may have been part of this movement. Perhaps this explains why she is considered to be outspoken, and why we tell it like it is, and we speak up when everyone stays quiet. We like to think of it as having a voice. It’s in our DNA.
The same era ‘The Pill’ was available, and a TV was in every home. Women worked and had an independent source of income.
Women were now empowered, had a voice and could control when and if they fell pregnant, got married [or not], or gave up work. It was often the women in the city who took on board their new freedom and independence. The women who didn’t want to rock to the boat benefited from the fight we took up on their behalf.
Men loved that we were sexually active and free from unwanted pregnancy and had a field day. But strangely, struggled with our new mindset and didn’t quite know where they stood. It all happened so fast with no warning.
Who is now ‘the boss’ and head of the house ~ and who did the dishes? In fact, it was around this time dishwashers were designed by a man. I wonder where he got the idea?
Not to mention who was going to iron his shirts for work?
“Iron your own damn shirts, I’d rather mow the lawn!” A voice echoed down the hall as she turned and walked away.
There was a lot to renegotiate.
Women changed their mind about, how she perceived herself, and how she wanted to treated by others. Their daughters would be different too. Even their grand-daughters would have an independent streak. An inner strength that seems strange to many peers who were on a different page.
The ripple effect worked.
We have many more opportunities to influence the community in a positive way. The one I’d like to bring up is the over-sexualisation of women in social media. It would be amazing to see young women discover their ‘personal power’ with an alternative, self-assurance and attitude they don’t need to use a #sexypose to get attention ~ #likes ~ #followers.
It’s Your Choice ~ Choose well. What you do with your body, how you think about it. How to react to others you see in social media, and how it leaves you feeling?
Some young women are aware of their sexual vibe and use the power play to gain attention. Yes, it’s their right to do what they please, and we fought the system for that right. But we also opposed the idea we were sexual objects. It’s now the intersection of exploitation of women as sexual objects from the Madman era and the technology age. Women are using their power of being a sexual object to play their own game. Again it is their right, but is there another way?
I also see amazing women who have personal power. Without using their feminine sexuality as a power play and I call these women the ‘The Undaunted Striver’
By showing the contrast, giving these women recognition is the best way to influence women positively.