Sunday, December 30, 2012

What a Girl Needs

(Some observations about life in which I only partially succeed in not sounding bitter about my current situation.)
“From birth to eighteen, a girl needs good parents, from eighteen to thirty-five she needs good looks, from thirty-five to fifty-five she needs a good personality, and from fifty-five on she needs cash.” Sophie Tucker. I think I’ve skipped the need for personality and gone straight to the need for cash! Based on what I’ve observed, cash seems to buy a lot of personality and forgive a lot of looks. And frankly, my personality was never, even at its best, able to ensure my care later in life.
“Not only is women's work never done, the definition keeps changing.” Bill Copeland. In addition, the definition keeps expanding as do my opportunities to land short of meeting expectations. Really? Is there not a remedial course in expectations? The one where adequate female citizenship doesn’t involve being everything to everyone? Either that or is it possible to get a little dose (just a little) of some personality disorder where anxiety, guilt and the desperate need to be a productive member of society isn’t such a howitzer to identity?

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