The Duality Of Womanhood

Put down the snacks, you’re too big.⠀
You need to eat a sandwich, you’re too thin.⠀

You are trying too hard with your looks.⠀
Wow, you really let yourself go.⠀

Speak up for yourself more, you’re too passive.⠀
Don’t talk so much, it’s obnoxious. ⠀

You’re not a woman if you’re not a mom.⠀
Wait, why did you have so many kids?⠀

It’s 2020, anyone can be an entrepreneur.⠀
It’s irresponsible not to work a 9-5.⠀

Those clothes aren’t for your body type.⠀
Yikes, all your outfits are frumpy and off trend.⠀

Minimalism is in.⠀
You need everything that influencers post to fit in.⠀

You should get off the dating apps and settle down.⠀
Why are you always in a relationship? You should be single for awhile and find yourself.⠀

You should smile, it’s polite.⠀
You were polite, so he didn’t stop when you said no.⠀

The standards are impossible. Being a woman (even in 2020) is mental whiplash. Just remember, when in the middle of the storm of expectations and demands, find your footing and root yourself firmly. ⠀

The exact way you choose to be a woman is exactly what is right and true.⠀

“I’ll disappoint everyone else before I’ll disappoint myself. I’ll forsake all others before I’ll forsake myself. Me and myself: We are till death do us part.” – Glennon Doyle

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