In past years women have campaigned for equal rights. Our great great grandmothers gave their lives in the suffragette movement so that women could vote. Our husbands can no longer throw us out and keep the children and our pay in most respects is fairly equal.
But how far do we want to go, and is being feminine important at all? Do men want us to be softer , feel a need to protect us, or do they want an equal partner who can do anything that they can? A female friend of mine is an electrical engineer and has rewired our churches and put in my cooker and kitchen lights.
I am commenting on this because my slender attractive teenage daughter is being taught Rugby. I know it isn’t supposed to be a contact sport, but they are being taught to tackle . She absolutely hates it, and I noticed that as P.E. days approach that she gets a very sore ankle. I have written two notes, but now think that I might bring this up at the next parents evening.
I loathed any kind of sport at school, mainly because I have little co ordination, but I was taught by a manly “woman” who thought that women were weak and useless and if I didn’t perform well was ridiculed and left on the side lines.
We saw fantastic , feminine woman take part in the Olympics, although they had stomachs like boards and a few had shoulders the Rev. dreams off ( for himself , well …) But they were there because they wanted to be.
So which is it, a soft framed feminine woman who works alongside her husband, in a relationship where he is ultimately the head, loving her as himself, or a more masculine strong equal partner who can knock up a garden shed, play Rugby on a Saturday while hubby shouts encouragement from the sidelines.
I know I’ve taken this a bit far but the “roles” and appearance of women has become blurred. I don’t mean that I want my daughter to look like something out of a fashion magazine, but on the other hand I’d like her to grow up knowing that there is nothing wrong with being feminine.
Surely there are sports that girls can do at school, which can be enjoyable and don’t require them to behave like Spartan women.