With the furor over William Bennett’s recent opinion piece decrying that men don’t voluntarily present their backs to master’s whip, it’s time to call upon women to Woman Up and deal with life like adults. This is not a call for women to act masculine. They do enough of that on the job and with the men in their life. This is the call for women to be more feminine.
Woman Up is the call for women to act like women, for them to embrace the positive elements of femininity. It’s hard to do after a long day at the office where feminine traits are not rewarded. Capitalism is a masculine endeavor with masculine traits rewarded the most. Read this post for the challenges that women face in this regard.
What is Woman Up? Those positive feminine characteristics?
- A feminine appearance (yup, that was first, hooray feminine-looking women!)
- Passionate (that means sexuality)
- Not critical (huge!)
- Emotionally resilient (let go of the emotional manipulation, cupcake)
The most important element to woman up is the healthy willingness to accept the consequences of your actions and decisions with grace and maturity. No where in this list is strong and independent. In fact, none of the characteristics that lead to women being bossy and domineering are on that list.
It comes down to this – What a man wants in a woman is what he can’t get from his friends, his work, and his enthusiasms. Big secret for women: the feminine attracts the masculine.