1. They do not accept anybody else’s ideas of the ways in which they need to remain small.
If I had to pick one word to define the cultural narrative of “what women should be,” I’d pick “small.”
In stature, in opinion, in voice. The ideal is to be thin and unwaveringly kind and open, meaning to be so malleable they can fit into whatever space someone desires. It takes guts to be loud and strong and big and wide and certain of the validity of all those things. It won’t come without ridicule. It won’t be met with raised fists of solidarity — not initially, at least. But strong women get that way because they choose to resist the comfortable, passive current along which most of us silently drift. They don’t accept meagreness as an ideal. They don’t let themselves be made small and silent by those unwilling to take…
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