I hate you, Seattle: A love story
They are the ones who had their hearts broken, shattered, disposed. They are the ones who learned to not say too much, feel too much, or love too much. They are the ones whose faith fell too short. They are the ones who got tired. They are the ones who gave-up. They are the ones who are with someone but alone. They are the ones who never let someone get too close. They are the ones who no-one knows them for who they are. They are the ones whose love is average.
You deserve to be with someone like you. The one who hugs you too tight. The one who is not afraid to show you how much power you have over them. Of course women can choose to be in unrealistic and dissatisfying relationships. The article is just saying why that choice is not healthy..
At first I thought this article was interesting, but after reading through all the points I realized how lopsided it is. The whole article only weights a single, heavily biased perspective, which is the notion that fairy tale culture hates women. Not only is this imbalanced and does not properly account for counter-perspectives, but it also only addresses the issue from the female point of view.
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So at the very least, this article should be entitled "5 reasons why fairy tale romances are misogynist'. At least then people looking for an academically rigid article wouldn't have to waste their time reading a neofeminist and ethnocentric rant on how evil cultural norms concerning romantic relationships are. I usually love Psychology Today articles. This piece by contrast demonstrated a disappointing lack of objective rigor. Have to agree with other comments. This article actually stands as an excellent example of the huge problems with the current wave of so-called 'feminism' and for that matter, so-called 'psychology'.
Maybe she doesn't care if other people think it is "degrading". Maybe she's made a choice as a human being to live her life the way she wants and maybe she's entitled to do that without judgement judgement which seems to come mostly from other women.
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Perhaps the one thing that undermines the theory that it is degrading is the very fact she was empowered enough to make a choice for herself as an individual and not follow a role dictated to her by someone else because she is a woman. And perhaps the whole progress of feminism has been stunted by women telling other women what they should or should not do, or what is or is not degrading according to some societal 'rule'. Maths and science were and still are predominantly pursued by males therefore any woman who doesn't pursue those interests is somehow degrading herself by choosing not to pursue something that does not interest her?
Her life is being defined by making society look more equal than empowering herself and making her own choices? Women are already being pressured to take on a variety of roles, from mother to career woman, to wife, to feminist.
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Perhaps if women felt they could simply do what makes them happy and didn't feel like they constantly live up to this new feminist expectation, their self-esteem would soar. Just because a woman focuses on romantic goals does not mean she does not have other interests and pursuits outside of the realm of career or academics.
Come on, now. An equal relationship does not need to mean both partners are equal at all times. A relationship also rarely involves two people taking on a specific role that never changes. It's perfectly possible to take on the princess role, and the fairy tale ideal and also enjoying other dynamics within a relationship. And nobody needs to sit down, talk and cast themselves in any roles. Ironic, considering the princess role is precisely that. The article is simply stating that pursuing unrealistic notions of romantic relationships is going to cause both women and men disappointment and misery.
Love is not something that should be on that list of things we settle for.
No-one is saying that you can't prioritize your intimate relationships over career or choose your relationship etc. I agree with the other people comments who also disagree with this article. Personally, I liked feeling protected by a man. I really enjoyed both books because, it explains me as a woman, it was very eye opening, and it really validated me.
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I truly dislike when people want to compare me to a man. It's like comparing apples and oranges, but I truly enjoy being a feminine woman. Now, I wear sweat pants, and no makeup plenty of days, and I even like to wrestle sometimes, but in saying all of that I am very much a female, I have no desire to try to compete with my male counterpart. I'm not saying women can't do what men do, but we are built differently.
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I think our differences help create balance. I'm not a fan of this article. It explains you as a woman. It doesn't explain all women. I recall times when I was younger when my partners 'protected' me, usually from other men. It made me feel like their property or a pawn in their game of 'tough guy', not a human being with my own will and autonomy. No thank you. Speak for yourself. I know this has nothing to do with the above topic,or this page.
But am just too exited and feel sharing this and it might help someone out there going through such a problem and seek for help to any problem. I have to say it was effortlessly done! Apparently Matthew had come across my page on the "people you may know" section. He was so handsome and although I figured he was out of my league, I took a chance. We hit it off from the jump and scheduled dinner plans for later that week. On the night of our first date, I was so nervous that I almost called off our plans.
But something in my gut told me to go, to show up, and to push myself to be vulnerable one more time. When I arrived at the restaurant, Matthew was standing outside with a single rose in his hand. We hugged and I immediately felt the fireworks. The conversation that night flowed so easily and there was never a dull moment. My message to anyone reading this is to just wait. Don't settle.
Not when it comes to love anyways. Your person is out there and you will find them when the time is right. Actively searching for love never seems to work out. When you meet the person you're meant to be with, you'll know. You won't question it. You won't hesitate. And your excitement to be around them will never go away. We've now been together for 3 years. We met in Australia when I moved there to teach for a year. He's British but had also been living in Australia at the time. We were introduced through mutual friends at a party at my friends apartment: "If you asked me a month ago if I ever wanted to get married, I would have laughed in your face.
I would have said that being with one person for the rest of your life is ridiculous. But maybe that's just how a person feels until they meet someone worthy of forever. I've only known this person for 3 weeks but I can tell you that I know him more than I've ever known anyone. I feel like he sees every part of me. He makes me want to be a better person and get rid of that promiscuous, smoking, blacking out, cursing girl from New York. I'm not changing myself for him either. It's more of an internal desire to be different for this different kind of love. After one day of knowing him, I felt complete complacency emotionally, almost as if I had found a nook that I fit into.
For years I've been with people who treated me like an old sweater- something they enjoy every once in a while but are quick to forget about and store in the back of their closet. In contrast to those guys were the ones who treated me like a queen, but I was never fully enthralled with- they were my old sweater. Since the day that I met this quirky and intelligent English boy I have felt that we are each other's favorite sweater.
The one you put on after a long day, every day, and still love just as much. Don't get me wrong, I have been naive with falling in love too quickly in the past- having exaggerated feelings and unrealistic future plans.