Love From, Women

What does it mean for you to be a woman?

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I am not a woman, but I am not really a man, though I have a male bits. I am an inbetweeny, a girly boy, a happy compromise.Bobette.

I am not a woman, but I am not really a man, though I have a male bits. I am an inbetweeny, a girly boy, a happy compromise.

Bobette.

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Being a woman to me means being a mother, what an amazing experience!!! It takes a strong person to carry a life, give birth and care for her children. So I’m glad to have had the privilege to do just that. 

Being a woman to me means being a mother, what an amazing experience!!! It takes a strong person to carry a life, give birth and care for her children. So I’m glad to have had the privilege to do just that. 

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© Holly PinesI didn’t have any choice - I was born a woman, but it’s pretty good so I think I’d choose it anyway. What a privilege to be the one who gets to have the babies!Ellie Levenson, Journalist, Lecturer and Writer.

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I didn’t have any choice - I was born a woman, but it’s pretty good so I think I’d choose it anyway. What a privilege to be the one who gets to have the babies!

Ellie Levenson, Journalist, Lecturer and Writer.

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Being a woman to me means proving to the world that you do not have to be totally dependent on a man to survive!

Being a woman to me means proving to the world that you do not have to be totally dependent on a man to survive!

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Being a woman to me; is being powerful. Being allowed to feel vulnerable without question. The options are there in all avenues, you just need that self belief.Women should not feel fear of each other, not compete, but nurture, love and encourage each other and accept the differences.Ruth.

Being a woman to me; is being powerful. Being allowed to feel vulnerable without question. The options are there in all avenues, you just need that self belief.

Women should not feel fear of each other, not compete, but nurture, love and encourage each other and accept the differences.

Ruth.

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Being a woman = being human.Knowing you can do anything you set your mind to!Power up, ladies!Victoria, English and Writing Graduate, lover of words.

Being a woman = being human.
Knowing you can do anything you set your mind to!
Power up, ladies!

Victoria, English and Writing Graduate, lover of words.

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Being a woman to me means; having the chance to carry another human life inside you and give birth :)Suzanne Farley, Photographer.

Being a woman to me means; having the chance to carry another human life inside you and give birth :)

Suzanne Farley, Photographer.

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© Holly Pines
 So many words are popping into my head!  And the one that is shouting the loudest is the word ‘potential’.
 I feel that there is so much potential in women. Potential to bring a baby into the world. Potential to help shape a better world!
I look at the news and I see men in suits talking and men with guns fighting. And I don’t feel it’s my world somehow. I feel it’s a man’s world. The big decisions are being made by men. 
Every single human life on the planet came from a woman. We’re powerful, magical, creative, awesome. And yet, 1 in 3 women on that same planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. It makes me think ‘something really isn’t right here’ and I want to delve into it.  I want to get my hands dirty with the whys and wherefores that are holding women back. I want to speak out. I passionately feel that it’s important to speak out. I read somewhere (I wish I could find the quote) that women have been silenced for so long, that when we speak up about the female experience and issues of inequality it shifts the status quo. Simply by speaking up and out, we start the change.  
 So I’m in love with and fascinated by being a woman today. 
 The generations of women before me in my family weren’t free. Even my mother who grew up with the vote still wasn’t what I’d call free because society had so clearly mapped out her role. But I feel free. It’s glorious. And I’m grateful. But it also feels shaky and a bit ‘gaahhhhhh what am I doing?’ I don’t feel as though there’s anyone that I can copy. There’s no map for me to read. 
But I also know that I haven’t always felt free as a woman. For years, it was as though there were a lot of invisible chains keeping me feeling small. I felt ‘not enough’ ‘not pretty enough’ ‘not thin enough’ ‘not firm enough’ ‘not sexy enough’ ‘not smooth enough.’ I didn’t know how to be me because I was chasing after images and slogans and magazine articles.  But I got to the point where I’d had enough of feeling ‘not enough.’ I got fed up with lumping so much hate on myself. I began to look at where the hate stemmed from. And I started to see through a load of mulch that I’d absorbed just by being alive in our society. 
And now, I look in the mirror, at my moon face, and the bags under my eyes, and the lines from laughter and worry, and my wobbly bottom and whereas before it would sometimes make me want to cry. Now it makes me laugh. I just laugh at my reflection because this is me, Lucy, and this the body and face I’ve got to take me through this bonkers adventure that is life. 
But the area of being a woman that fascinates me most, is that of sex. It’s a man’s world here too, because the female body and female sexuality is nearly always presented as being there for men. 99% of online porn is made by men and we have Page 3 in a family newspaper, so the images of ‘confident female sexuality’ that are presented to us involve having large breasts at the age of 20 and showing them to men in a newspaper. Or having all your pubic hair waxed and performing like you see in those movie clips on the internet. And yet for me, as a woman, I feel that my sexuality is very different to that, it’s much more interesting, gentle and sensual. I’m curious to hear what other women feel about the way that the act of sex and the dialogue around it is presented in the society we live in. 
I think there’s so much potential for women to start shaping a new way of doing things in the world. I don’t think it’s going to be easy at all, but I do think it will be quite amazing.
 Lucy Anne Holmes, Founder of No More Page Three.

© Holly Pines

 So many words are popping into my head!  And the one that is shouting the loudest is the word ‘potential’.

I feel that there is so much potential in women. Potential to bring a baby into the world. Potential to help shape a better world!

I look at the news and I see men in suits talking and men with guns fighting. And I don’t feel it’s my world somehow. I feel it’s a man’s world. The big decisions are being made by men.

Every single human life on the planet came from a woman. We’re powerful, magical, creative, awesome. And yet, 1 in 3 women on that same planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. It makes me think ‘something really isn’t right here’ and I want to delve into it.  I want to get my hands dirty with the whys and wherefores that are holding women back. I want to speak out. I passionately feel that it’s important to speak out. I read somewhere (I wish I could find the quote) that women have been silenced for so long, that when we speak up about the female experience and issues of inequality it shifts the status quo. Simply by speaking up and out, we start the change. 

 So I’m in love with and fascinated by being a woman today.

 The generations of women before me in my family weren’t free. Even my mother who grew up with the vote still wasn’t what I’d call free because society had so clearly mapped out her role. But I feel free. It’s glorious. And I’m grateful. But it also feels shaky and a bit ‘gaahhhhhh what am I doing?’ I don’t feel as though there’s anyone that I can copy. There’s no map for me to read.

But I also know that I haven’t always felt free as a woman. For years, it was as though there were a lot of invisible chains keeping me feeling small. I felt ‘not enough’ ‘not pretty enough’ ‘not thin enough’ ‘not firm enough’ ‘not sexy enough’ ‘not smooth enough.’ I didn’t know how to be me because I was chasing after images and slogans and magazine articles.  But I got to the point where I’d had enough of feeling ‘not enough.’ I got fed up with lumping so much hate on myself. I began to look at where the hate stemmed from. And I started to see through a load of mulch that I’d absorbed just by being alive in our society.

And now, I look in the mirror, at my moon face, and the bags under my eyes, and the lines from laughter and worry, and my wobbly bottom and whereas before it would sometimes make me want to cry. Now it makes me laugh. I just laugh at my reflection because this is me, Lucy, and this the body and face I’ve got to take me through this bonkers adventure that is life.

But the area of being a woman that fascinates me most, is that of sex. It’s a man’s world here too, because the female body and female sexuality is nearly always presented as being there for men. 99% of online porn is made by men and we have Page 3 in a family newspaper, so the images of ‘confident female sexuality’ that are presented to us involve having large breasts at the age of 20 and showing them to men in a newspaper. Or having all your pubic hair waxed and performing like you see in those movie clips on the internet. And yet for me, as a woman, I feel that my sexuality is very different to that, it’s much more interesting, gentle and sensual. I’m curious to hear what other women feel about the way that the act of sex and the dialogue around it is presented in the society we live in. 

I think there’s so much potential for women to start shaping a new way of doing things in the world. I don’t think it’s going to be easy at all, but I do think it will be quite amazing.

 Lucy Anne Holmes, Founder of No More Page Three.