Women are vicious creatures. We are skilled, ruthless warriors. We compare. We compete. We devour. We destroy.
Whoa, what’s this have to do with the title? A little too pessimistic? Overly dramatic maybe? Well then take this scenario:
Another woman walks into the area you call “your zone.” She’s not only beautiful but her 6’0″ frame is that of total perfection. She’s intelligent, articulate (of course fluent in at least 5 languages), hysterical – a natural born comedian, interesting, always knows what to say, bold yet good natured, compassionate, nice smelling, her voice is hypnotizing and everyone around her stops, looks and listens (she’s a freaking human stop sign)
What do you (ahem, fellow women) do? We already know the men’s response (insert visual of a humping dog.) If you’re honest you’ve likely had a few responses. I’m about to out us. Ready?
- You look at her standing there in her perceived perfectly created state and hate her disgusting existence. Just because. Nothing should be so perfect. You don’t even want to get to know her. She needs to be despised. And besides, she’s likely rotten to the core…you know these things and will slay her before she can contaminate the rest of mankind. Sword drawn. She will not get past you.
- You look at her immaculately kept physique and know that you are a frumpy bug that she can easily spear with her 4″ Jimmy Choos. You are suddenly inadequate in her presence. A troll that needs to slink back under the bridge you crawled out of earlier that day. Your true nature is revealed in her presence and it is painful. You know you can’t destroy her but maybe if you gathered enough other bug-like trolls you could make her life miserable enough that she uses her Jimmy Choos to propel herself back up on the cloud that she descended from. She is not welcome in your underworld.
- You look at her and realize you just laid eyes on the most beautiful, coolest, celestial creature to suck air. Your heart does little flip flops with each tap of her manicured nails and toss of her mane. You MUST become her BFF because you will become JUST like her (pure osmosis people.) You then observe and copy her every move. The you that was you exists only to become like her. She will either make you her faux friend (i.e. ego boosting slave) or get a little creeped out because you’re acting like a total psycho. If the latter happens you call her a stuck up bitch and often resort to #1.
- Warning, this is only reserved for the wise and mature women who are comfortable in their own skin: You look at this fellow woman who has all of the same beautiful parts as you do and appreciate the things that make her uniquely her. You realize that you are on the same team sharing the same struggles and opportunities. You are not threatened or made uncomfortable by her because you’ve accepted the fact that you’re pretty damn awesome yourself. You offer sincere friendship and connect with her human to human (unless she is having reaction #1, 2, 0r 3 to you. Then you punch the crazy bitch out.)
Imagine if every. single. woman. approached each other every. single. time. implementing #4. Our woman world would be strong. United. Familial simply because we had vaginas.
Now, I’m not talking about the toxic, nuclear waste material woman. Of course we need to set boundaries (fortified military grade perimeters) refusing to allow her manipulations to infect us. I’m referring only to the above scenario where a perfect lamb enters the scene and we are instantly hell bent on search and destroy missions.
We sleep with another woman’s husband and justify it (sorry, not sorry I have zero tolerance for this one.) We take the side of men over our female sisters. We judge. We blame. We attack. We accuse…each other. Girls it needs to stop. We need to start acting like women. We need to support one another. Accept each other. Love each other.
Contrary to popular belief, I’m not perfect. Not only am I sporting a big, black, bulky, awkward, surgical boot but I’m currently testing out natural deodorant (because cancer sucks.) I’m sweating up the pits of all of my shirts. This girl sweats. A lot. And I’m staining the pits of my previously nice white shirts (yes, gross.)
I’m intimately aware of each and all of my (many) flaws and imperfections. And right now the people in my daily world are aware that I have a sweating problem and unfortunate choice in foot ware.
If Miss Perfect were to come into “my zone” right now I may be a tad uncomfortable. But only for a minute. Because the one thing life has taught me is to embrace each other. So I’d reach out and give Miss Perfect a sincere, warm, moist hug. If she tried to spear me with her spiked heel in a desperate attempt to escape, I’d employ my bulky, impenetrable, black boot. I’d wrap my arm pits around her and hold her tight for several minutes (just until it got a little creepy awkward.)
She’d literally feel the love and know that we are on the same team. We share the same sword and I do not need to draw mine on her. We have our own battle wounds that life inflicted and through understanding we help to shield each other. I’m not threatened of being speared with her Jimmy Choos because I have my own and they’re pretty fine. I don’t need to be her because I like who I am. It fits me well. And I appreciate who she is.
We are women and we are beautiful. Together.