There's some truth to it. Just the other night I was camped at a KOA in Utah and I walked into the bathroom and three teen girls were taking up all the sinks and mirrors doing their hair. Oh my god how that brought back memories of my youth during the Farrah Fawcett '70s. All my friends and my sister were like that but not me. I just couldn't get into staring into the mirror and doing my hair and talking about boys and gossiping and talking trash about other girls.
Originally Posted by Reindeer
Years ago I worked in an independent living program for people with severe mental illness. All the apartments were segregated by gender. The all male apartments were calm and clean. The all female apartments were a nightmare of screaming, fighting and filth.
Originally Posted by Sihana
The sad thing is that they DO get personal gain from fitting in to what they're supposed to be. Look at my own sister. Because she got married (at 18 by the way) and had babies my father gave her a house for a tiny fraction of the market price. I went to college and never got a house. I even paid for my own college education.
Originally Posted by Gravyboat
I guess what makes me feel most like an outsider among women is that I like to have wilderness adventures. I feel at home out there. For some reason my interests make people so uncomfortable that they have to point out the discomforts of sleeping on the ground and their fears of snakes and bears. For some reason I think it makes them feel better to remind themselves how "impossible" it is to have an adventurous life. To think otherwise would invite too many regrets for living their lives in service to babies and husbands and proper femininity, I guess. My life makes most women uncomfortable, which is sad because I can't have an honest relationship with someone who is afraid of me or uncomfortable around me.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 157.5 x 2