A little off piste but something I've been thinking about for a while. This post isn't aimed at anything or anyone in particular, it's just a result of several comments I've either overheard or read or been on the receiving end of at times, and it's got me thinking - in the style of Carrie Bradshaw - about what makes a woman a woman, or a girl a girl for that matter. I wouldn't call myself a girlie girl at all, but does that make me less of a woman? For example:
I don't wear pink.
I don't bake (cupcakes actually irritate me).
I hate going to the hairdressers.
I would rather pull out my eyelashes than have to sit through The Notebook again.
I don't wear much jewellery.
Not once in my life have I worried about whether or not my bum looks big in something.
I've never read a book by Marian Keyes, Cecelia Ahern, Jodi Picoult or similar.
I've never coloured my hair (save for about 5 highlights ten years ago).
I don't know how to curl my hair.
I've never used fake tan.
I hate the smell of jasmine, much preferring woodsmoke, leather and petrol.
I couldn't care less about any man or woman seeing me without a scrap of make up on.
I want smaller boobs.
I do not enjoy Valentine's Day.
I often prefer a pint to a spritzer.
I appreciate that all of those things are very much at the superficial end of what it might mean to be a girl, but I'm surprised at how many of those things cause people to judge me, even for just a second. I've never worried about what other people think of me, and don't at all now, but it still never fails to amaze me (read: piss me off) when people raise their eyebrows if I order a Peroni rather than a Pinio, or eat a burger rather than a salad.
None of these things should define a person, woman or man, but so many people still seem to think they do.
I know I'm not alone in this at all, and I'd be interested to know what makes you feel like a woman, apart of course from being better drivers and fabulous multi-taskers :)