“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
i hear/see the words ”independent women” thrown around, with the normality of spotting deers on vancouver Island, or grizzly bears on the mainland (it’s the west coast, don’t ask!).
“oh my god, you are my role model, so amazing to see an independent business woman”, gushes a young girl over a female business owner.
but why is it so out of the norm, wow-worthy, put on a pedestal and display in the museum of rare occurrences?
because women are still thought of as dependent fragile delicates?
the mentality that women, who can more than fend for themselves, are scarce examples of additional work and determination, befuddles me. it’s limiting.
every man, woman, or human, has the inner resources to survive on their own and even flourish.
so shouldn’t we gasp and be shocked when a woman is dependent? not the other way around?
[what defines independency, anyways? setting aside the unnecessary materials that corporates shovel in our heads, we are all dependent on food, shelter, companionship, and love.]
what are your thoughts on this?