While I have been debating whether or or not to get lasik, or what to wear to my funeral, my woman crush Caitlin Moran has written a brilliant, comprehensive book* detailing all the things that women blindly go about doing, without asking themselves if they are in fact engaging in some “sexist bullshit.”** Why do women plan their social lives around hair removal? Why? Why do women have to live in constant fear of looking old? That it may be too late to have children? Why? Why do females value themselves (and others) only in relation to their ability to look good and have kids?
I appreciate people who have the guts to ask these questions, and to talk about things that leave them open to be judged by others, because left to my own devices, I honestly might not have noticed.
I sometimes*** think that life should be an adventure. You should do things that make you happy, and try to be as happy as possible. And these things – these superficial things like being afraid to grow older, wearing uncomfortable heels, feeling fat, comparing yourself to models, trying to be anything other than who you are – they suck the joy right out of life.****
* When I say “book,” I mean “audiobook.” I listened to this using my phone because it’s the only copy the library had available. Listening to her read might actually be better than reading it yourself. She’s that good.
** For some reason, hearing this never gets old.
*** Not always, some days are filled with distractions and I just want to get by.
**** By the way, I do all of these things, don’t get me wrong. It just makes me feel like ass.