We, the women of the 21st century, live through an era that I would characterized as tough, but peculiar.
Since the time of our birth, we are predisposed to consent to restrictive gender norms that sometimes fail to reflect our substance as independent human beings.
We are raised with the idea that our well-being depends on whether we find our “prince charming” and we are blamed when some of us wind up being the spinster, as we chose to follow a professional career rather than a “conventional” married life.
The 21st century woman survives inside a fraudulent reality, where we are deceived into accept a limited privilege that grants us the enjoyment of certain rights and liberties, but not all. We are steered by the experiences and suffering from our female ancestors, with a sense that we must conform with the scant leftovers from society.
And, society. Oh, damn patriarchal society.
The society that constantly idolize us for being the matrons within a family, but merely when we convey our fierce nature to the world; when we do not fear to hurl ourselves into an abyss for what we feel, for what we believe. Still, our complex character is persistently condemned as we are depicted as lunatics, when our actions are rooted on emotions or when we operate based on empathy, instead of lethargy.
We are deluded into the assumption that we hold infinite wisdom to impact this ungrateful world; the same vicious world that has impaired our autonomy for centuries. Yet, our wisdom is shadowed as our bodies are marketed and objectified through the use of an unrealistic perfect image that we all women must maintain, and that we feel guilt and shame when we cannot meet these strict standards of beauty.
Our sexuality is either demonized or mocked. If we fuck too many people, we are labeled as whores and if we do not, we are classified as prudes or close minded. Time after time, even our demeanor is reprimanded, as we are stamped as having an hormonal imbalance when we are too sentimental and as treacherous when we are too cold.
We are instructed as to what to do or not to do. And, in the meantime, all that we are doing is silencing our own feminine essence.