Posted by: Michelle Knoll | June 14, 2017

I AM WOMAN

I am WOMAN.

1358804I am uniquely created with certain physical characteristics that set me apart from man. I have wider hips, usually, and a softer voice, usually. I have shoulders that aren’t as broad as a man’s shoulders, usually. Plus, as I mature my voice box doesn’t usually show as much in my neck as a man’s does. I have genitals that are different from those of a man. So, physically, I’m considered totally different from a man.

I am able to nurse offspring, and a man is not.

When I was created in my mother’s womb, a lot of things about me were bred into my DNA: what color hair I would have, what color eyes, the shape of my nose, the length of my torso, how long my fingers would be, and so forth. But also, mental capability and disposition were created as well. My personality came from my genetic makeup, even though it is proven and tempered through the interactions I have with the world around me.

Since I am alive, I am constantly changing. I will not be the same person ten years from now that I am today, nor am I the same person today that I was ten years ago. But that really has more to do with the natural order of things than it does with my being a woman. People change. They mature. Life affects them, and they grow and adapt.

A lot of people will try to say men are better than women, as much as others will say women are better than men. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that, better or not, I AM WOMAN.

People will shout that I have rights. Do I have rights? Yes, I do. But the first and foremost right I have is to be a woman. Not because laws were passed. Not because attitude in culture has changed. Neither of those things made me a woman, and neither of those things can take away my womanhood.  I was born a woman, I will always be a woman, and nothing that anyone can say or do will change that.

Am I equal with man?

Does that matter?

1253709Some may be astounded that I would even ask if that matters, but, in reality, does it matter? If I know who I am, and what my abilities are, does it really matter if anyone else is aware of those things? Would it somehow change me, make me less of a woman, if those abilities were not recognized by anyone else but me? I am still who I am, no matter who notices and who doesn’t.

I am still woman even if I am not recognized. I am still woman even if I am told I am not. I am still woman.

Am I less of a woman if I am not hired for a particular job? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am not paid as much as a man? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am not allowed to major in a certain major in college? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am not allowed to go to college? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am beaten? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am a slave? No.

I am still woman. Horrible things may be done to me, opportunities may be robbed from me, life may even be taken from me, but EVEN SO, I AM STILL WOMAN.

I may become offended at attitudes shown toward me, or deeds done to me, but in the end, none of those things change me unless I allow them to change me. I am still woman, whether I am praised or insulted, encouraged or discouraged, lauded or laughed at.

Now, am I valuable? YES.

However, my value does not come from man. It is not an end result of man’s doings. No law in the land, no attitude in the work place, no consideration from anyone is what makes me valuable. My value comes from the One who made me. I have value whether or not it is recognized by anyone else.

I can choose to believe that I have value, without the accolades of others, and have peace within myself.

Or I can choose to believe that the decisions of others is what gives 1822427me value, and consequently believe that the decisions of others will also take away my value. If I choose this path, then I am in disagreement with who I am, who I was created to be, and who I will always be. This is not a path of peace, for if my beliefs about myself depend on the actions of others, even though I know others are fickle, then my beliefs will be in turmoil.

I am woman. And I will not change. And my value will not decrease. No matter who recognizes it, or does not recognize it. Greeted or ignored, applauded or slandered, promoted or passed over, nurtured or neglected, given opportunity or shut off from opportunity, I will always be who I am, and what I am.

I am WOMAN.

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