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Letter: Have 'empowered' women lost their femininity?




SIR – The current “in” word, usually in regard to women, is “empowering” – apparently meaning to acquire ability, strength and motivation to either do something or be somebody.

But what is the point of having such power without the knowledge, experience and compassion to use it wisely and well?

Things have gone a very long way since the Suffragette movement which aimed at women gaining the right to vote, live and work on equal terms with men, use the brains they were born with, and to achieve mutual respect. Absolutely marvellous and liberating.

Bronze statue of Annie Kenny political activist and suffragette for the Women's Social and Political Union. Picture: Natasha Walton/123rf.com
Bronze statue of Annie Kenny political activist and suffragette for the Women's Social and Political Union. Picture: Natasha Walton/123rf.com

But do readers think that perhaps the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction? In becoming “equal” and “empowered” many younger women today seem to have lost all femininity and their behaviour warrants no respect whatsoever – indeed they don’t seem to have any respect for themselves.

How can there be respect for a female who dresses leaving little to the imagination, falls down sick and drunk in the street, and makes herself readily available to a succession of men she hardly knows – if at all?

I’m certainly not suggesting that we should revert to the days when women were regarded as fragile, delicate flowers with little sense or ability, but surely it’s a great shame to have lost the deference, consideration and even “protection” that was once welcomed and accorded to us by our menfolk?

How pleasant and gratifying to occasionally re-experience some of the courtesy and kindness of times gone by.

That’s how my Other Half of almost 55 years treated me and I never felt patronised or “unequal” because of it. Indeed, I appreciated every such gesture and felt valued.

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