Originally written March 10, 2020 as a private journal entry.
Recently, it was International Women’s Day.
I reposted [name removed]’s IWD 2017 project, a gallery of portraits each with a caption on a disc.
We all need feminism because everyone can be strong and bad ass in their own way.
Which led my wandering mind to consider:
What is strong? What is not strong?
What is bad ass? What is not bad ass?
How are these terms gendered?
- asking for help
- raising children as a single parent
- calling in discrimination; uplifting & encouraging those that surround you
- being vulnerable & honest with others & yourself
- making your health & wellness a priority
- having courage – to say yes or no
Strong is not:
- putting up a front – arrogant & hostile, but hurting inside
- negativity for no reason
- lashing out/taking out frustrations on others
- believing it is someone else’s problem to solve
Bad ass is:
- trail blazing
- working hard for what you believe in, even in darkness, even when no one’s watching
Bad ass is not:
I pointedly avoid including gendered understandings of strong and bad ass.
What is the difference between a strong man, a strong woman, or a strong non-binary person? Is the strength of a single parent any different when you apply a gender? What about being a bad ass?
As I captioned my repost, these discussions are still relevant and still necessary.