Be A Lady, and Be Proud Of It!

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Feminism
has gone too far – and I began to realize it on jury duty.

While
on jury duty I was absorbed in a romance novel to pass the time
away. It wasn’t until the Judge started his speech (that I had heard
10 times before) on the importance of jury duty that I noticed something.
There were quite a few women that were standing. It then hit me
that the days of being treated like a lady were truly coming to
an end. (I began to feel guilty myself – should I take a chance
on making the judge mad to give up a seat to a woman older than
I?)

We
now have total equality, get to work outside the home (while someone
else cares for our children), we can get shot down combat, and we
are lucky if doors don t swing into our faces. Our husbands think
that we ought to be able to take care of things that they used to
take care of without them even thinking about it. (There are so
many things that I could list, but it would take too long.) This
is all in the name of equality.

We
wonder why our husband doesn’t treat us like the romantic, fragile
person that we are – why should he if we are equal? It is rare
to see a little girl that is actually feminine and not a tomboy.
(I believe that we are being taken over by tomboys.) Girls are taught
that we can play the same games and beat any old boy out there.
We are not all the same. We are different. Guys, generally, are
going to be physically stronger. They are not as emotional as women
are. Men and women are made differently for so many wonderful reasons.
We are made to complement one another, not to fight one another
in the battle of the sexes. Women obviously are better at nurturing.
(After all, we are still the only ones who can give birth.) The
list of differences could go on and on.

We
can’t have our cake and eat it too. I have a girlfriend that gets
mad at a young boy because he doesn’t show her respect. Well, an
act like that puts a young boy and a grown woman on the same level,
does it not? Where have all of the ladies gone? I’m not saying we
can’t play games and have fun, but can’t we do it with actions that
don’t make a man want to treat us like one of the guys? We have
to act like a lady and act respectful to reap the benefits of being
treated like a lady with respect – right? I really believe
that women can vote, play games, and get paid a fair wage –
and still act and get treated like a lady.

Want
some symbolism? I’m about ready to throw out my slacks – instead
of burning my bra! Be a lady, and be proud of it! (Then, maybe the
men will wake up too.)

    May
    11, 2001

    Starr
    Bragg [send her mail],
    a former Yankee, lives happily in a small town in Tennessee.

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