Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Women Wednesday

I was browsing the web this weekend and came across an interesting quote by Canadian singer-songwriter, Alanis Morissette. I thought it would be a great quote to share because it would stimulate a great discussion. Please feel free to share you thoughts, feelings and impression.

“I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.” ~ Alanis Morissette


Rebecca said...

I love the quote you found. More women need to take a stance about being considered as object ornamentation.

Here is one of my favorite quotes on the topic.

"For women, bras, panties, bathing suits and other stereotypical gear are visual, reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can’t possibly fit. Without these visual references, each individual woman’s body demands to be respected on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique."- Gloria Steinem

2elle said...

Great quotes, this is another one on the same topic I think is interesting:

"Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison." ~Mary Wollstonecraft

I think our society places too much emphasis on a woman's appearance and this can be clearly seen from "news" stories about female politicans' clothes/hair/makeup. Like this quote says, this can really shape the minds of women in a negative way. On one hand, I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with wearing makeup or taking pride in your appearance, but it's sad when the pressure to look a certain way becomes all-consuming or even potentially fatal (anorexia).