the dilemma of the single woman

I don’t much like how women’s personalities get subsumed in relationships– every time I see it, it irks me. not that I see it everywhere, in each case– but the exceptions prove the rule. I see otherwise strong women pull back into themselves, defer to men– I see myself in relation to men, defer to their somehow more innate authority– and I don’t like it. I don’t like the combined complacency and flattening of women in relationships. in truth I like myself better spikey and spinning. there are times I crave the anchoring and smoothing, but at what cost? at the risk of making myself into a flat and stationary cutout object. in my heart I spin and spike and spur myself along. if I could be in a relationship that allowed and appreciated that… that would be something.

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