Red shoes, No knickers



May 2013



Inspire me


This week’s inspiration has most definitely come from Angelina Jolie’s recent decision to have a double mastectomy. She wrote elequently and quite simply about her experiences, and why she chose to take such a drastic decision when she doesn’t currently have breast cancer, here in The New York times.

There are times when we all feel less feminine {and not necessarily through choice} whether it’s to do with feeling too tall, having big feet, a dark moustache, problems with our hair, our ovaries or, personally for me, our breasts. Having had a flat chest my whole life I have come to terms with it now and love my peanuts on an ironing board. Β But in the past my itty bitty titties did sometimes make me feel less of a woman. I always thought that if anything ever happened and I had to have them completely removed it would be the worst thing. Regardless of how small they are, not having them at all would be even worse.

Reading the article that Jolie wrote, one line in particular stood out:

Β ‘On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity’

I am so inspired by this to make my own femininity with what I’ve already got. Let’s make our own strong, female choices. Let’s wear bright red lipstick, high heels, floral dresses. Let’s not think that being feminine is just about the physical aspect of our being but something that we can control and decide upon through our clothes, our behaviour, our scent and our actions.

Strong women are dominating my world recently {see here} and Angelina Jolie’s decision to talk about her experiences and share such a painful time with us all to bring awareness to such a shitty disease puts her firmly on my long list of great women.

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