I like bows. I have one made of shiny stones in a ring that I got from my friend Almie, and I wear it all the time. I like it because it's shiny and pretty and will leave a cute-looking bruise on your face where I punch you with it for underestimating me. Not that I advocate violence; I'm just saying.I hear you, Julia. And I think it's a point well worth bringing up, because so many of us feel conflicted about playing to classically gendered ways of femininity, while at the same time wanting to challenge the status quo and push past the boundaries of what it has previously meant to be a woman.
Being girly doesn't mean I see the world as one big, fluffy kitten - it's my way of trying to keep at bay the fact that it can often be a vicious Rottweiler.It's true. Sure, the shimmer and gloss can feel like a million bucks (and seriously, is there anything better than a fresh blowout?), but the pretty things we love to lose ourselves in can also soften the brunt of this crazy world. After all, beauty, fashion and being a "girly" girl are creative outlets of personal expression that women have enjoyed long before we held power in any other arena.
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