World Wide Feminine Beauty
Sensitivity is awesome. Lack thereof is pitiful
Can we do Both?
Let us first veer away from the Feminine and beauty for just a moment. I promise that an ode to the glorious Beauty of femininity will come to pass here. However sometimes it is good to look at the Yin and Yang as it relates to that wonderful world wide feminine beauty.
Let me relate to my own younger and older life. I am a male. My name is Eric. I have raised or helped in the raising of four girls and did some coaching of girls. I have 3 older sisters. I was married once and now very happily married for far over a decade. I had lady role models who taught me more than I can speak to here. I have had girlfriends from Paris to Vermont to Arizona to Mexico to Vietnam and of course California.
I pretty much like women being the boss. On matters that concern them I support their decisions. On matters that concern me I always seek their guidance and direction. My mom was an idle of mine becoming the first woman chairperson of a major hospital in the West. And some, now after reading that, have derogatory remarks. And that is to be expected as I cry during some heartwarming commercials with babies and puppy dogs and at touching parts of animated shows. Good heartfelt church services and I am a mess of emotion. I am a stay at home dad raising a wonderful 7 year old son.
I do not apologize. I have swam in 20 ft waves. I climbed the Matterhorn at 14. I have snow skied at over 80 miles an hours. I have run/and swam the largest navigable rapid in the world. I have dove over 80 feet from a cliff. I have driven over 120 mph. I have hiked over 2,000 miles of back country terrain. I have gone through jungles requiring a machete. In fights I have had my nose broken 4 times. And sitting at a campfire 30 miles from the nearest civilization I would come up with more. I own my feminine side and my manly man side.
So I hope we start out with an understanding that the line between feminine beauty and masculine man is extremely vague. I know women who do not get sentimental and have done all of the above with aplomb. Yet as the time was right raised wonderful babies. I hold that if a man does not hold the feminine and a woman hold a masculine that they live in ego and not self.
Classic - OK maybe this describes me a touch
Do we script the feminine out of little boys?
And so let us get to the heart of the matter. I read an ad for the Peace Corps. It was rather blatant and made an awesome point. But here is the rub. The point is valid in underdeveloped areas but truly suspect for developed nations. It is not subtle and a wise person would need to contemplate on it to form an opinion one way or the other.
Globally, 62 million girls are not in school and even more are fighting to stay there. Girls empowered with an education will delay marriage, have fewer children, earn a higher income, and are more likely to invest in their families and communities. When girls gain skills, knowledge and confidence, they break the cycle of poverty and help strengthen societies. That is a brazen statement meant for advertising. That is an absolutely true statement. That is a statement that needs to be acknowledged and respected. That is a cause worthy of my money donation.
And yet it is a statement that reflects an antagonism toward women in developed countries who choose to raise families as opposed to following careers. Let us caution here, my mom and my auntie did both. Both of my wives have and are doing both. Refer to above as the lines are smoky at best. What is good for Emma in Somalia may not be good for Gertrude in Germany. What is good to bring the underprivileged up may bring the privileged down.
Isn’t this just an amazing area of intrigue and discussion and inquiry? We did not do girls and boys in home we did first come first served and oldest to youngest. My sisters joined me on the hike of the Matterhorn and sent me off to play in the Arctic. They coaxed me to jump from cliffs as they went first. All of them took different paths. One, college degree first and one family and degree second and one just a successful land owner with no college. Only one had children. Go figure. The other’s granted me their child rights so I could have four. Who I am sure love them more than me ;-)
Which makes us dive into empowerment. Damn right education empowers. I will publish soon how education is a positive enabling tool we should all give those we can. Education is critical to emotional and spiritual success, although some think it only applies to vocations – wrong. Alright maybe I am the only one getting all excited here, but I am.
I am a real tough guy?
Respect is Key
Income is weird. As one who does bad with it and would much prefer it not a circumstance to be prioritized I am woefully inadequate here. No welfare or gov. programs here but although my yard and house look good, because I love to paint and garden, but our cars kind of bring down the neighborhood values. Funny that, but my wife is a workaholic. Money keeps her up at night though our debt is small and our needs are more than met. I think a man is supposed to have that role. We greet her home at night and have slippers and a meal waiting. No, really.
“When girls gain skills, knowledge and confidence they break a cycle of poverty and help strengthen societies”. Well brothers and sisters this ain’t got nada to do with sex. If I do not teach my child skills, knowledge and confidence get over here and kick my butt. But that is a male privileged thought. For me that is crazy obvious. How about the girl in Somalia who dies for her children? Well then it takes on a whole new meaning. It is a dream.
Peoples. I think we must bow down and thank our God for our lives. I think we need to cry from time to time for those girls who suffer a suffering they do not even know they suffer. Right now I can just send money. How sad for me.
World Wide Feminine Beauty should be celebrated. Where it is subjugated or annihilated the cause must be trampled out. As to my above feminine and girly side and my manly man side I lean toward war. Sorry but that is just how I role. If we kick the crap out of men that harm the development of that wonderful Feminine Beauty then the cause will be moot. Call me a warmonger. I despise the regimes that make this notification necessary. I would rather be stoned by 100 women than see one broken down and denied her beauty. We must stop our humanitarian cause as a first cause. We must be brave and stop the evil. Men who harm women should be shot. There I said it. It is not a right position. But it is my position. Peoples who deny women equal and fair access to education must be dealt with as an abomination and dealt with as evil criminals and as acting as crimes against humanity.
Please excuse my rant but I must now go and teach my son the art of chess and the accompanying respect for all pieces on the board.