I learned early in childhood, while Mama was giving me exhaustive lessons on Being A Lady, that what we call "femininity" is fake -- artificial, a hoax, a fraud perpetrated on innocent girls. It's a con-game made up of shaving and wigging, cinching and padding, powdering and painting, costuming and perfuming, posing and acting and altering one's voice. Even a man can do it -- which can be shown at any "fern" Gay bar.
I rebelled against the whole fraud and worked to become an athlete, which made my mother despair and call me a "tomboy", at best. My classmates in high school sneered, and called me worse. Nonetheless, I persevered and took my own course. Years later I got to meet some of my old classmates who'd bought into the "femininity" game, and though most of them had married into far more money than I was making, I saw that none of them was anywhere near as happy -- or had aged as well -- as me.
The best advice I could give any girl is to reject the "femininity" crap and be natural. Be yourself, not anybody else's definition of a Lady. You'll live better.
--Leslie <;)))>< Fish
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Sexy and childhood don't go hand in hand - our children deserve a Halloween holiday free of sexualization! When consumers speak directly to retailers about concerns it allows retailers to adjust their merchandise accordingly. All it takes is one retailer to decide to be the one to stop selling these sexualized costumes for the rest to follow suit - let's urge Target to lead the charge!
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