Jen Rozenbaum | #ShamelesslyFeminine Starts TODAY!
I have a confession. I have been sitting on an idea for quite some time. It’s a new concept if you will. It’s one that means so much to me that I have been frozen on how to create it.
That’s so out of character for me. I am usually the fearless, take no prisoners type of girl. So why is this a challenge? I’ve been struggling with this question for months now. At 5am this morning it hit me. It’s because it means SO much to me. It is what all my work with women has lead to for all these years. It’s the core of my being. It’s revealing my struggles and leaving me wide open and vulnerable. It feels like weakness, it is however it’s purpose requires great strength.
No, the hash tag isn’t new. I’ve used it before. However today I use it differently and with purpose.Today it is the start of a movement. A mind shift. A freedom that women need and deserve.
I took this wording from a blog post I wrote last August:
I believe femininity is Vulnerable not Weak.
I believe femininity is Self confident not Arrogant.
I believe femininity is Fearless and also Humble.
I’m embarrassed that I posted that. You are probably asking why, since after all it is beautiful and strong. At least that is what I thought when I wrote it. The truth is, reading it today… I realize I am making apologies. Why? Why do we do that as women. Why would it be so horrible for me to just say that femininity is self confident. PERIOD. Without having to apologize for it. Why do I have to defend that vulnerability isn’t weakness?
Shame is why. Shame is sadly what we are made to feel as women. We feel shame for being strong, vulnerable, working, staying home, being sexual creatures, taking care of ourselves, not taking care of ourselves…In fact I can make a list miles long about all the things that we feel shame for. Every woman I know, including myself, has felt shame that revolves around her femininity at some point in her life. (Not surprisingly, by the way, usually by another woman.)
That ends today.
Today I start the journey to discover how to live my life #ShamelesslyFeminine. Just the thought of it gives me goosebumps. It sounds so liberating. When I close my eyes and think of a life like that it just feels more whole and authentic. A life I want to live.
I am going to start this movement by declaring this:
I believe every woman should celebrate her unique femininity, SHAMELESSLY!
No apologies necessary.
I am #ShamelesslyFeminine and ladies, I want you to join me! Take the first step with me. It’s very simple. Start by tweeting or putting on Facebook (or any other social media) a simple statement about what you believe shamelessly femininity is. It can be one line, one paragraph or one word. Hashtag it #ShamelesslyFeminine. (Feel free to tag me as well if you want me to see it! Twitter is @jenrozenbaum)
Let’s live the life we deserve. Let’s stop shaming women and allowing others to shame us. Being a woman is nothing to be shameful of.