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Girl Power: Real Love or Feign

When you hear or read about ‘Girl Power’, what comes to your mind? Ever wondered if it’s real or all just fake? We may have something in common, and if you stick around long enough, you’ll find out.

What Does ‘Girl Power’ Mean To You?

I like to think about the term as a movement to celebrate, encourage and empower women. But, of course, it may mean something different to you, depending on how you feel about it.

How beautiful is it to see women being loved, celebrated, encouraged, respected and empowered?

It’s also incredible to see how this movement has helped boost the self-confidence of many women, protected and unified females from around the world.

But, no matter how real the movement seems, questions always arise. For example, “Is this even real? Can women support each other for real?” or comments like, “Girls and fake love” and “Fake love everywhere” on social media.

Granted, it can’t all be what you’d expect, as not everyone has the same view about the movement, but instead of focusing on what could go wrong, shouldn’t we focus more on the effort to celebrate and bring females together?

I get that some of these comments come from insecurity due to being in situations where friends weren’t exactly friends to you or just witnessing friends shower fake love on each other on social media when in a real sense, you know they don’t care. 

Do you understand how audacious it is to see women stick together in a world that seems to be trying its best to tear people apart, with the daily cyberbullying, comparison, and unhealthy competitions?

I wish more than anything that females are ‘allowed’ to be who and what they want to be at their own pace. Free from stereotypes that comes with just being ‘female’. 

Best to believe that they’re lots of genuine female friendships out there. If you have this kind of friendship, you are blessed! If you are yet to experience the bliss that comes with having the right set of females around you, give it a little more time. It will happen.

Instead of focusing your energy on what may be going wrong in other female’s friendships, focus more on yourself. Ask yourself: “What makes a good friend? How can I be a good friend?” 

A Message To Every Female

Admiring other girls, acknowledging it to yourself and them doesn’t take away your shine. If anything, it shows that you understand that we are in this ‘together’ and not ‘against’ each other. 

The next time you see a dress, hair, shoes, handbag, or just any dress-up accessories that you like on another queen, tell them. They aren’t/should not be your competition. Like it or not, we are the ones to change the world’s narrative about us. It starts from supporting each other. You’ll leave them with no choice but to follow suit when they see us holding each other’s hands, literally.

Girl Power
Girl Power

If we want to change the world, together is how we’ll achieve it. So change the way you see other girls. 

Signing out on this one, here are a few of my favourite quotes from Michelle Obama:

“As women, we must stand up for ourselves… As women, we must stand up for each other… As women, we must stand up for justice for all.”

“Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built from a thousand small kindnesses…swapped back and forth and over again.” 

“There’s no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

There you have it. I hope that somehow, a word or two in this article inspired you.  

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