Recently, I’ve noticed that I and the other women in my life often shy away from our “muchness.” We make ourselves small in order to take up less space. We do so physically, through our posture and stance, and verbally, by cutting ourselves off or making ourselves less “threatening” by seeming and thereby becoming less sure of ourselves. When answering questions, we start off with “I’m not sure if this is right, but…”. When expressing our opinions or wants, we’re quick to cut ourselves off with “never mind” at the first sight of misunderstanding or opposition.
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