Like I said, I wear what I want and encourage others to do so, and my beef is only that most people don't feel that freedom. I think everyone should feel the freedom to choose what to wear while playing in the water without others judging them. If I've helped to spark any one person's thought about not looking down on people who choose to play in a little more clothing than others, yay.
Originally Posted by canio6
Doing my part to fix that. The % is going up faster than ever, thank goodness.
Oh, and speaking of CW nonsense and body image, try being an uncircumsized male in America.
This is a fascinating subject I've pondered a lot. My whole life I acted more like and felt more at home with guys, even though I'm way way attracted to men and men alone. Got my hormones checked and while I'm not high T, I was low in estrogen ... very low. It's interesting to ponder.
To quote her, "I think my hormones are messed up, but if they fix them will I start acting like a chick?" by which she means non-logical, overly emotional, etc.
What I've found as my hormones have gotten in order, and also as I've gotten to know more women who are feminine without the stereotypical downsides of being a woman (moodiness, shallowness, gossipy, obsessed with shopping & appearance, etc.), I see a lot of changes, both chosen and not chosen.
I have NOT become irrational or overly emotional - I think the former is a consequence of a combination of poor education, poor nutrition, and certain expectations, while the latter is a consequence of excessive "female" hormones, ratios, and/or fluctuations.
The only times I find myself getting overly emotional is during detox, like when I'm losing a lot of fat and flushing stored estrogen as it goes. (Yes, I was feeling like that last night, and woke up to a new low on the scale!.) Good riddance!
I don't think those things have one thing to do with femininity. Look at all cultures across the world and across history, and what is common to them, to see what femininity is. It's not wearing certain things or being shallow or catty.
Originally Posted by bloodorchid
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