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22 January 2009 @ 08:25 am
the crackpots and these women.  
Each of us are unique and beautiful. We each have talents and qualities that make us special. Every person in our lives sees us in a different light. Our parents view us differently to our siblings, who see us differently again to our friends, who then see us differently from those we work with. The biggest difference though, is how we view ourselves. Each of us are different. We are dancers, feminists, democrats, republicans, students, career women. We are from all nationalities and religions. But we are women. We have curves and things we don't like about ourselves. We are sometimes moody, and other times we can't stop smiling for no reason. We have different quirks and habits, some of which we may share. We aren't all size 8, and many of us don't want to be. I was incredibly struck by a conversation that was had on an early episode of the West Wing, in which Bartlet, Leo and Josh talk about the women in their lives, and it truly has stuck with me, because it demonstrates that people really often do see the best in us, not the worst.

We were talking about these women
Josh: Yeah?
Leo: We can't get over these women
Bartlet: Look at C.J (CJ is laughing and talking to Sam and Donna while holding a Polaroid) She's like a fifties movie star, so capable, so loving and energetic
Leo: Look at Mandy over there (Mandy is on the other side of the room fighting with Toby about something) Going punch for punch with Toby in a world that tells women to sit down and shut up. Mandy's already won her battle with the President. The game's over, but she's not done. She wants Toby
Bartlet: Mrs. Landingham. Did you guys know she lost two sons in Vietnam? What would make her want to serve her country is beyond me, but in 14 years she's not missed a day's work. Not one. There's Cathy, Donna and Margaret.

We are strong, independent women, and no matter how anyone else see us, we should always keep in mind that there is someone out there than thinks we are. That thinks we are beautiful. That is proud of us. That loves us. And if being a part of the livejournal community has taught me anything in the 3 years that I've been here, it is that some of the most incredible people can be found here, and that the deepest of friendships can be formed.
currently feeling: optimisticoptimistic
currently listening: Window in the Skies | U2
run through the air with no barriers: doctor who::one of many storiesliveonthesun on January 21st, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
You are so wonderful. ♥
one must always be prepared to liberate treasure: scully {machette weilding}tendre_posion on January 21st, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
I've had all these thoughts running around in my head for days, and I was going to just make this a personal entry for me, but I decided that there were so many beautiful, talented, wonderful women on my flist that they should all read it. ♥ I couldn't imagine my life without THESE women.
wild with hope: [me] tale as old as timelissie_pissie on January 22nd, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Memming the shit out of this.