In common practice, a Lioness hunts for her family while the Lion struts around playing at being god and impressing the young. The Woman deals with abuse and hurt and anger and puts on a smile for her young. We put up with pregnancy while holding full time jobs that are equally as stressful as those of our male counterparts, and we are usually under the direct supervision of a male that does not understand during that time. “Oh, your body is completely aching? it can’t be that bad. There’s just a human growing inside of you.”
I know. I’ve been there.
We build all of our roads on today, cuz tomorrow is too uncertain for plans. Future falls down in mid flight, but if we fall down with it we’re failures.
And we cannot bear the thought.
“Your body is made of the same elements that lionesses are built from. Three quarters of you is the same kind of water that beats rock to rubble, wears stones away. Your DNA translates into the same twenty amino acids that wolf genes code for. When you look in the mirror and feel weak, remember, the air you breathe in fuels forest fires capable of destroying everything they touch. On the days you feel ugly, remember: diamonds are only carbon. You are so much more.”
So why am I still so defensive when the worst that some stupid Marine can think to call me is a “girl”?