Women make the world go round

On March 15th, 2012, posted in: A Woman's Touch by

March is women’s month. What does ‘woman’ mean to you?

International Women’s Day was just last week, Mother’s Day is coming up swiftly, so what would be a more topical subject for a first blog entry?

There is a lot of talk about women this, women that, women the other. However, pondering about this the other day, it occurred to me:  ‘woman’ means different things to different people. To prove my point, I did what every half-decent scientist would do looking for the definitive answer to an eternally puzzling question : I googled it…!

And, here is what I found: a noticeable overrepresentation of superwomen, wonderwomen, bionicwomen & celebrities 20-35 years old mostly. That made me wonder, ok, there is a clear branding of women out there, cause they do all look awfully alike..even on Google.it and Google.com.hk. The same exercise on Twitter yielded some equally interesting results : ‘In Hong Kong, a woman is allowed to kill her cheating husband, but only with her bare hands.’ UberFacts. So, checking ‘woman’ in Google HK was not that such a bad idea, time to move to Hong Kong and take-up martial arts ?

But, even if popular culture seems to share the brand of a ‘woman’, it is quite a different story when it comes down to real people. Whether you realise it or not, ‘woman’ means different things to different people. We all have a specific image of what a woman looks and feels like beyond just the cognitive recognition of a woman as ‘an – adult – human belonging to the female gender with the key differentiating factor that ‘Unlike men, women are typically capable of giving birth.’ (wikipedia)

Time for a little introspection*: What’s the first thing that springs to your mind when you read the word ‘woman’? Try to focus and locate your special ‘image’ of a woman, your own archetype of what she looks like.

Is it your mother, your wife, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, or the latest cover of your favourite Man’s magazine (if you are a man), and who is a ‘woman’ for you, if you yourself belong to the female gender?Who do you, as a woman see as a woman?

*introspection: in·tro·spec·tion   [in-truh-spek-shuhn] noun

1.observation or examination of one’s own mental and emotional state, mental processes, etc.; the act of looking within oneself. (found here)

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