GIRL UP

They told you you need to be thin and beautiful.

They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels.

They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty.

They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place.

They told you ‘that’s not for girls’ – ‘take it as a compliment’ – ‘don’t rock the boat’ – ‘that’ll go straight to your hips’.

They told you ‘beauty is on the inside’, but you knew they didn’t really mean it.

Well screw that. I’m here to tell you something else.

Recently I read Laura Bates’ girl up..as a feminist I looked forward to it, instantly drawn in by the cover. I have to say, to me personally girl up reads like a guide for a teenager into feminism and self love. The quote above is slightly deceiving with not much of the book having a screw that attitude. Having read Gala Darling’s ‘Radical Self Love’ I find that many of the books around the topic of feminism repeat each other with varying methods and graphics but the same tone is used…I long to find  a book on feminism that packs a punch and changes my perspective rather than simply reinforcing the same old cliche phrases. However I really did love the graphics and layout of the book… and would recommend it to anyone with a teenage daughter

 

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