Monday, February 16, 2015

From 'How To Be a Woman' to '50 Shades'. A lesson in empowerment.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My first official entry of 2015. I did write some earlier but they were incomplete thoughts and my mind was a bit of a mess so the entries were all over the place. Combine that with frigid weather, children catching colds and fevers (and throwing up all over me) and a volatile market and we had all the makings of a perfect storm that had me reacting and defending as opposed to being proactive and planning anything at all! 

So, on a quiet family day I finally have made some time for an entry. Agree or Disagree. I do hope you have an opinion either way.

From ‘How To Be a Woman’ to ’50 Shades of Grey’, I have read and seen either ends of the spectrum when it comes to empowered women or the lack thereof. Given my day job, I have been witness to real-life battles and outcomes of the gender issue and am actively involved in moving, sometimes dragging (kicking and screaming) women and men from the ’50 Shades mentality’ to ‘How to Be a Woman’. 

First things first. I never read ’50 Shades’ but I did read ‘How to be a Woman’. I highly recommend the latter, irrespective of your gender.  I’ll be honest.  My life has unfolded not at all like Caitlin Moran (the author) and our life choices have been extremely dissimilar in more ways than I can count.  This is very refreshing because it illustrates beautifully how two very different people growing up in different parts of the world, exposed to different stimuli have accumulated a varied database of life lessons and introspection. And through all these differences, we have outlooks that are very similar when it comes to the topic of…us. So clearly, there are more women (and men) out there who feel the same way! We are not alone!

Go read ‘How To Be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran. The book is hilarious and serious all at the same time.  It isn’t a literal book but it does get you to think about things and most importantly laugh at the silliness of some of the more backward thinking of modern day society.

There isn’t much to say about the movie ’50 Shades’. I saw it. It’s boring. There’s no plot. No hero. No heroine. No mystery. No romance. No love. No redemption. if you think otherwise, I'm more than happy to debate it. 

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