Feminine Power

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“Feminine power” can be a complicated term.

It shouldn’t be, but the ideas have, wonderfully, shifted to encompass both traditional and non-traditional femininity while “masculine power,” in regards to terminology, seems to remain stagnant. Basically, femininity has become somewhat all-encompassing, and while this might be confusing, it should be celebrated. However, femininity and the expression of the feminine has been confusingly (and sometimes misguidedly) reflected in our society, its image ricocheting across surfaces of different textures and layers with different purposes--sometimes empowering, sometimes demeaning, sometimes both? The idea behind this piece was to understand that complicated relationship behind feminine power and its intention.

A note: feminine and masculine are terms implying expression. However, expression is not binary, and never should be. There can be overlap, and there usually is. Expression is messy and is, at its truest, entirely individual.

Personally, I believe feminine power can be found across all different surfaces, so to speak. However, the intention in representation is what makes the difference. Masculine femininity does not have to be an oxymoron, yet we live in a society that relies on contradiction, on either/ors, and so this becomes complicated. Feminine femininity does not have to be a weakness or a convention, yet we live in a society that uses it as a convention to explicitly portray weakness, and so this becomes complicated. However, if we shift intention, we create a visible feminine power with no set rules.

Author: Olivia Jiminez