Lack of sleep is the source of most of your problems.
You will be relieved to hear that this is not Walker Lamond, as alluded to in the side bar.
This is the second time someone has referred to these rules as patronizing or archaic and that it something I take rather personally.
I am, above all else, an advocate for the empowerment and advancement of women. I find that your examples are simple misunderstandings. Carole Lombard’s quote about lipstick was obviously satirical. Any reference to high heels is just practical as it is one of the only things women can wear in a formal environment. And “don’t rock the boat” was meant in a literal sense (I have been tipped out of a boat by a woman who had no idea one was not supposed to stand in a boat), as evidenced by the picture below it.
I usually don’t respond to praise or criticism, but by insinuating that I do not realize the full potential of women is essentially a slap in the face.
Please take all of the rules into consideration before coming up with such accusations. You’ve left out many of the rules I could use to defend myself.
The very purpose of feminism is to ensure that our daughters have the ability to actively make a choice. The point of these rules is that if my daughter chooses to lead a traditional (or what you would call “stereotypical”) life, she will have a few tips under her belt. If she chooses to seek out something more in life, then I hope these rules will give her the knowledge to prepare her for it.
It is patronizing in and of itself to look at the traditional path of women and scoff. Just as it would be if the roles were reversed.
I would also like to point out that when I talk about lipstick and high heels it’s stereotypical, but when Mr. Lamond talks about football and suits it’s perfectly acceptable.
Feminism is not meant to browbeat other women. It’s meant to empower other women.
Submitted by Laura.