The head counselor just offered to buy me a bag of potato chips. You better believe I took him up on it.
My father once told me that the older he gets, the more of a feminist he becomes. He says it’s because he knows his daughters can do anything men can, and he doesn’t want societal expectations to stop us.
Women with good relationships with their fathers are more likely to marry men with similar characteristics. In my case, I’ve seen what a respectable man looks like and how he treats me. It’s only natural that I’d look when I do look for a long term relationship with a man, those qualities will stick out in my mind.
A man who values all people equally, including women, is a man worthy of respect. A man who can put himself on the same level as another person is one I call empathic, a trait I’ve learned is more of a skill than an innate characteristic.
I’m blessed to say that my parents have invested greatly in my development-I am the woman I am today because of their active participation in my growth.
Their influence has fostered a desire for me to have a family of my own one day built on mutuality, authenticity, education, and empowerment.
I know the creation of my own family is a long way off, and I’m grateful that I have time to continue to mature before taking on those responsibilities. But, I am thankful for my parents’ influence in my life and am now old enough to say that they’ve loved me better than I deserve. I’ve learned from them, and now I know what to take to my own family…whenever that day comes.
If we observe women’s lives carefully, without attempting to force our observations into preexisting patterns, we discover that an inner sense of connection to others is the central organizing figure of women’s development…
—Jean Baker Miller, M.D., and Irene Pierce Stiver, Ph.D. The Healing Connection: How Women Form Relationships in Therapy and In Life
Women’s sense of self and of worth is most often grounded in the ability to make and maintain relationships.
…He said “Alice in Wonderland.”
Mr. Tilney of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Reminds me of the lazy language we use today.