Its 65 degrees and Sunny today I found myself about to Tweet “What a Beautiful Day” or “What a Gorgeous Day” and I took a second to think about what that might mean.
Would it ever be appropriate to say “What a Handsome Day”? Nope. So what is it about certain aspects of life that we attribute to the feminine?
My thoughts: Let’s take a look at how we describe things that “look good”; Cars, Art, Weather, etc.
“That’s a gorgeous picture”
“My new Mustang is ‘My Baby’. She’s Beautiful”
These statements draw value solely at aesthetics; the same value we place on women. We’ve defined women to only be “worth something” is they look “good”. Or if they are “beautiful” or gorgeous”.
Further, these are very passive qualities… not to mention marinated in corrupt yet influential capitalism. Yet isn’t this the way women have been taught to be (the messages we’ve sent them)?
Be Passive, Silent, & Beautiful.
Its interesting just how deep-rooted our societies sexism (and belief system) is.
Sacchi Patel. March 2012.