Being Young and Female: The Lies I Used to Believe

As a girl who grew up in a very liberal environment, attended college in the Bible belt, and has attended numerous churches of various denominations, I have observed and absorbed many different views of gender and gender roles over the years. I find there are still many contradictory thoughts floating around in my head about what it means to be female. Subtly and silently, hidden attitudes and beliefs play tug of war in my head.

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Stepping Out

At one point during high school, I told my corporate lawyer mother that I wanted to be a secretary. It seemed so perfect. I could spend all day organizing and making things run efficiently and assisting my boss with whatever he/she needed. I felt confident I would make an excellent assistant. But she immediately told me no. No? […]

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