Powerful and extremely insightful piece, I will be be following with great interest.
I particularly liked what was said concerning the word ‘femininity’.
“What of femininity? Femininity is a set of behaviors that are in essence ritualized submission. Female socialization is a process of psychologically constraining and breaking girls—otherwise known as “grooming”—to create a class of compliant victims. Across history this breaking has including so-called “beauty practices” like FGM (female genital mutilation) and footbinding as well as ubiquitous child sexual abuse. Femininity is really just the traumatized psyche displaying acquiescence.”
It’s long been my opinion that ‘femininity’ and indeed ‘machismo’ were a perversion of true self. A kind of knee jerk reaction within a person’s psyche to our cultural socialization.
So much more to say but it’s so very big and powerful, I will let you read and decide for yourselves.