What The World Teaches Women

Thought Catalog

“We teach girls shame: Close your legs; cover yourself. We make them feel as though by being born female, they’re already guilty of something. As so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who have to silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think….And they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form.” – Chimamanda Adichie

No woman’s experience is universal yet the world somehow manages to teach women universal lessons. The world teaches women how to pretend. I have done it many times. I have done it when I have wanted to say something but decided that it would be too “unladylike” or too aggressive or too something or the other to come from my mouth as a female. And so I have let many things…

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