The Up and Down


Sometimes we adopt the very same superficial standards that we’re held up to. As a product of our society, it’s hard not to. A woman deemed physically attractive possesses a kind of social control. As a result we feel threatened, making that woman across the room our rival.

We are more than our beauty and our bodies. When we stop the catty remarks and piercing glares, we acknowledge this and empower one another. When we can pay another woman a genuine compliment, we set the tone. We make a deliberate declaration that asserts, “I am not your competition. I am your colleague. I am not your opponent. I am your friend. I am not your adversary. I am an ally.”

But first, the shift must begin within.

-Audra E. Lord

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