I gave up Social Media for lent. So you can say that I've been deprived of a channel to share things or say my opinion of something. Which for some of you, that might be a good thing as I don't think you want to listen to all my rantings. But there's one thing that I've been wanting to share and discuss. And that one thing is this:
Bunheads' Makin Whoppee.
I absolutely love love love this particular choreography. Why? Because everything about this choreography is perfect! From the choice of Sam Phillips' Makin Whoppee. Ahh.. her voice is just perfect. And the use of the set! That whole opening scene that uses the set as "shopping windows" for these girls was smart. And then the dance! It was choreographed and performed so beautifully. The choreography was a perfect mix of teenage girls innocence, curiosity, and frustration of trying to understand a whole new world of sensuality of sexuality. Yes, it's the perfect Lolita effect. If I could pick a dance that would illustrate a stage of my teenage life, this is probably it. The movements in the dance were a perfect marriage of fun and tease to be performed by young women. And what I love the most about the choreography is how it has a lot of power in it, which then led me to this next thought.
If I could go back to my teenage self, I would probably go back to the moment when I just had my period and tell her that she's not just becoming a woman, she now has power in her hand. And to quote spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility. That she has the power to conceive and bear a whole human inside her. That she has the power of sensuality that should not be used to gain advantage but should be very much acknowledge and be a part of her. That she has the power of the feminine that enables her to behave and feel in ways that are completely different from the men. And that all these powers are the most beautiful things we women have. That they differentiate us from the men but should not make us less than them.
And I know what y'all are thinking. My 11 y.o self will not listen to any of that crap. Of course not. She's 11.
Thankfully, I grew up just fine. I have grown up and learned all that lessons and I am loving my femininity. I am so thankful that I grew up in this day and age. That I don't have to face that many battles to be respected. The only battles I fight these days are people like Stephanie Meyer who create such a lousy female protagonist that makes me want to hit the backside of her head. I'm thankful for all those great women who had gone and fight the battles for the rest of us these days. There are still real battles out there. Mostly against my own kind who limit themselves, who put them in these silos that makes them think they're not worthy to achieve greatness. I want to shake them and open their eyes and show them that anything is possible.
And no, we don't have to be the same as men because we are different. We are COMPLETELY different because our brains are just wired differently. So I do think people have to use the term 'equality' carefully because we can never be the same. But women are capable of achieving the achievements that are traditionally seen as male achievements. And I'm not men bashing at all. I do love men. And I've been very lucky in my life to meet men who are caring, smart, charismatic, and loving. And I'm very thankful that no assholes has cheated on me till today.
So with this super long post, I really just want to remind all the ladies out there to empower yourself and embrace your womanhood because we are beautiful, just the way we are. And no men-hating because without men, our lives won't be as good as they are right now.