My brain isn’t working too well this morning so who knows where this post will end up. My daughter had a high school gymnastics meet last night and we didn’t get home until 11:00. Of course, by the time I got in the bed I was wide-awake and couldn’t fall asleep. Remember how I told you last week that I am one of those people that requires at least 8 hours of sleep??? Ugh! Let’s just say that I may or may not be a little grumpy today. It is rainy and gloomy here this morning too, which doesn’t help the mood at all. I think a nap may be on the agenda today. Who am I kidding, though? I will not take a nap. I very rarely take naps. I’ve never been one of those people that can nap. I can never fall asleep unless I am in the car. Something about riding in the car makes me sleepy. Maybe it is my coping mechanism to keep from getting carsick. I don’t know? The point is, I’m not running on all cylinders this morning.
Changing the subject, let’s talk about something I heard on the radio this morning. They were talking about this new trend for women during the month of January. You know how men have No Shave November? Well, apparently there is now something called Jan-u-hairy for women. Ok, whatever, I get it. I hate shaving just as much as every other woman on the planet. I will admit that I do not shave my legs as often as I should in the cold weather months, but I do shave my armpits regularly. I personally couldn’t go a whole month without shaving, but to each their own. If you don’t want to shave at all, that’s your right. More power to you! The thing is that, according to the radio, some women are taking it a step further. They are creating what they are calling “Unicorn Hair.” Apparently, women are letting their armpit hair grow long enough that they can dye it rainbow colors. They said it was supposed to represent women empowerment. According to dictionary.com, the word empowerment means “to give power or authority to; the enable or permit.” I get how not shaving could kind of be a symbol of women empowerment with the whole let’s get past the stereotypically male vs. female roles and gender norms, but dying your armpit hair to look like a rainbow? I’m not sure that really sends the message of empowerment. Don’t get me wrong, it is 100% your right to do whatever you want to with your own body. If you feel like dying your armpit hair, your leg hair, or any other hair on your body, go for it. Just don’t say you are doing it to empower women. If you really want to empower women, you have to do more than that. There are so many other things that you can do that will actually empower women, but you have to be willing to do it and you have to take action. I told you the other day that I feel like one of my new callings is to help empower women across the globe to be the best versions of themselves. Let’s do something to support the women who are in abusive settings, women struggling financially, women who have lost all hope, women across the world in crisis, young girls caught up in human trafficking, women who can’t get a job in a male dominated business. Help to give those women authority over their lives and the ability to get out of whatever situation they are in. Volunteer. Donate to women’s shelters. Support small businesses run by women. Be a role model to young girls. Stop bashing other women. Support each other. Encourage other women to reach for their dreams, not give up, and step out of their comfort zone. There is so much you can do. Instead of banding together to dye our armpits, let’s band together and do something that will actually make a difference in the lives of other women. That’s how you really empower women.
Anchored and Empowered,