7/16/12

Womanifesto




WO·MAN·I·FES·TO  
NOUN
 
\ˌWO-MA-NƏ-ˈFES-(ˌ)TŌ\

 A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, and views of its female author. May include themes of empowerment, independence, self love, consciousness, affirmation, and individual acceptance; your positive beliefs about yourself. Created to give self-described definition in regards to the innate beauty inside of every woman. Yes, even you.

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Here we go!

I am a struggling to exist human. I am not PMS-ing, crying for no reason, being overly emotional, or just being a “girl”. 
I am good enough simply because I exist. I deserve respect, love, and kindness. I do not need to earn these things.
I am ok with my size and shape. I will not lose weight in the desire to be more loved, more accepted, or to fit some ridiculous standard of beauty.
I do not need to earn food. I do not need to skip meals to earn calories, or be proud that I hardly ate all day. I eat to nourish my body, I eat because it is yummy, I eat because my tummy growls and all of that is ok.
I am not going to fit into a standard that I need to look sexy in the world’s eyes, or be enticing to men. I can be sexy only if I want to, and express that in my own way. I do not need to earn love or acceptance this way.
I have tattoos and they aren’t something to regret. I have self-inflicted scars on my skin that I am not going to hide, they are all badges of how far I have come and the battle I am fighting. 
I have depression and mental illness but I am not a “nut-case”, “crazy”, or that different from anyone else. I will not let people judge my worth on that basis, I am a human, I have struggles, I am just like you.
Sometimes I don’t want to go on anymore and I hate life. I will not despise myself for this, berate myself, feel guilty, or reject my emotions. They are valid, they are real, I am allowed to hate living on occasion and it is just a facet of who I am. 
I will fight my utmost to stay here, to be present and live a full life. I am devoted to this crazy nonsensical existence, even when I hate it I am fighting to be here. 
I will love my lover as much as I can because I want to, not because I have to. I will give my love to him without measure, or fear of being rejected. 
I will be a housewife and sweep the floors when I want and how I want. I will cook because I want to cook, be in the middle of breaking the mold. I can do whatever I want. I like the white picket fence, that is my choice.
I do not have to work or earn a wage to be worthy or good. I am perfect just living, just breathing, and being kind to others. I can be as liberated or un-liberated as I want. Most of all I want to do what makes me happy. I deserve it, I am fighting through hell to get it.
It’s ok if no one “gets me” or feels what I feel. My emotions are still there, still beating and pulsing in a giant mess. My life and feelings are individual, distinctly and uniquely my own.
I can be creative when I want. I can write to get published or hide every poem under the mattress, I do not have to open a shop, or get recognized for what I make or do unless I want to be. Being known for my art will not dictate whether my art is valid, real, or beautiful.
I will dress the way I want, I will wear pjs all day and a pretty dress the next. I will shower or not shower. I will wear too much eyeshadow, forget to shave my legs for weeks, skip the makeup altogether, show my arms, and like my chipped nail polish. 

xx, C


4 comments:

  1. Good job. You're an awesome lady!

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  2. I love this. I need to do this. <3

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  3. Every single word of this resonated with me... THANK YOU for being so amazing.

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