Today, many modern day feminists (aka “feministas”) want to reclaim their power without giving up the feminine. You can be a powerful, fierce, kick-ass, successful woman and also happen to have a hankering for pink fur sandals, pedicures, sparkly bling, drum circles, green juice, and goddesses. Being a feminista means being authentic in all walks of life. For some, that means burning your bra. For others, it means wearing pink boas. As far as I'm concerned, true feminism means the power to choose -- blue suit or pink evening gown, full-time career or stay-home parenting, weight lifting or pole dancing, sweat suits or bikinis, braless or lacy thongs.
The new feminism has lightened up and opened up. It isn’t aggressive, man-hating, anti-feminine, or painfully serious. You can be giddy, celebratory, sexy, and powerful. You can also be stoic, wise, righteous, and fearless. You can call it “pussy” or “yoni” or “vulva” or “Rebecca,” but if you’re a feminista, you’re definitely calling it something and owning that which makes you uniquely female. You can work at Hooters and strut around in a bikini and rack up notches on your bedpost, or you can wear a turtleneck, surf in board shorts, and save yourself for marriage. You can be red or yellow or green or blue -- or pink. It’s your call.
It’s about being honest with yourself and owning what’s empowering to you. It’s about letting your freak flag fly, being unapologetically YOU, and integrating all the facets of what makes you a whole women -- your creativity, your spirituality, your health, your relationships, your career, your relationship with money, and your life purpose. If you’re a feminista, you can be yourself, and that’s what really matters.
Collectively, we are changing the face of the world. We are all separate puddles in the world of women’s empowerment. But all it will take is one big rain to coalesce us into a flash flood. Our goal is to hasten the rain and bring on the flash flood. Why work separately when we can collaborate and get that rain a’fallin’?
Here’s to flash floods,
PS. Please send this to your feminista friends! Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.com, Change Catalyst coach, motivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.
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