. do women have to be like men to be respected or powerful? .
that Sojourner Truth compares herself to men, saying, "I have as much muscle
as any man..." and because she is "like a man", she should have the right
to vote. What is still too prevalent in the feminist movement is the move
for women to be like men. I think women have had to do this in order to gain
some of their power back, but their only true power lies in being powerful
women. I don't want to be like a man - I don't like men or masculine values
particularly - and I don't want women to have to sacrifice power if they want
to be "like women." I don't want to sacrifice power in order to be what I
feel natural and comfortable within. At the present day, I still feel I must
act "masculine" if I am to be respected, if I am to have any power in the
outside world at all. Women's values and strengths MUST be cherished! It's
time for the feminine. The masculine is not all that admirable for women to
give up everything that is dominant within them.
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