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I Am Woman (?)

Womanhood to a girl is about as clear as an adolescent’s complexion. From birth, Miss Infant is decked out in pink and purple, sparkles, bows and love-hearts. Tiaras and fairy wings are a fashion accessory like a pair of D&G sunnies and they are encouraged to accept the title of ‘princess’ or ‘fairy’. All the while, Little Miss is watching her mum manage a job, housework, fitness and kids. At school, Miss Teen might learn about the liberation of women, how they fought for the right to vote, fair wages and abolishing discriminatory laws. They might learn about the glass ceiling too and be encouraged to take up any career they like – if it’s a male-dominated sphere, so much the better. Meanwhile, she flicks through magazines showing lean and bronzed female bodies, interviews of the woman clown (she juggles many balls) and headlines about weight, sex, beauty, success and happiness. Miss 20s takes all these conflated ideas of womanhood and translates them into her own self-image. She sees the princess and the fairy, the …