Kristen Bell is a feminism superhero!
And according to the actress, ALL women are superheroes! On Tuesday, the gender equality advocate penned a powerful essay for Medium about how "girly" traits should be celebrated, rather than mocked!
Related: Kristen Writes About Her Depression & Anxiety!
The 35-year-old wrote that she doesn't understand why characteristically female traits are perceived as weaknesses, saying:
"For the majority of the human timeline, these differences were openly viewed as female weaknesses; creating a chasm between men and women. And though that view has been quieted, it has not disappeared. There are echoes of it everywhere you look. My question is who decided these differences were weak?"
The momma-of-two encouraged lovely ladies everywhere to embrace these things, adding:
"Whether it's nature, nurture, labels, or all of the above, there are certain traits that are traditionally associated with being a female. We are often called sensitive, emotional and non-confrontational. Hey ladies, guess what? These all go into the 'pro' column!"
We couldn't agree more, Kristen!
And, Dax Shepard's wife continued to explain why expressing emotions, being sensitivity, and avoiding confrontation are all good attributes:
"They allow us to be generous in both material and spirit, because we can gauge our needs and the needs of others. Being non-confrontational doesn't mean we are unable to address conflict. It simply means we approach resolution in a different manner. Females often battle discourse with calmness, flexibility and a quiet resolve. This leads to outward thinking and compromise. We are also intuitive, nurturing and have been praised for harboring a 'female intuition'. Well, my intuition is telling me that if we encourage women to embrace these very things that make us unique, there are truly no boundaries."
YAAAAAAS! Well said!
The Michigan native also stressed that she wasn't trying to say every woman is exactly the same, or "fits into a certain box," and wants every woman to love these "girly" qualities:
"I am, however, saying that every woman brings something to the table that only she can. This ever-long journey toward equality demands that we, as females, actually embrace our inequalities and value them as superpowers."
We LOVE Kristen's essay! You can read the whole thing HERE!
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