I Am a Woman; I Contain Multitudes
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

I Am A Woman; I Contain Multitudes.

We all do.

I Am A Woman; I Contain Multitudes.
Stella Grimaldi

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes."

-Walt Whitman

I am a woman who likes to appropriate the words of old, deceased male authors and poets to speak of my complexity as a young woman.

I am a woman who goes to one of the most expensive schools in the country but comes from a low-income household.

I am a woman who has experienced chronic, stomach churning anxiety since fifth grade but who takes on more responsibilities with every passing year.

I am a woman who fears rejection and instability but wants to pursue the most risky career possible.

I am a woman who is twenty years old but who is treated by adults differently because I look much younger.

I am a woman who feels an intense sense of spirituality but who has, as of the past several years, had no church to manifest it.

I am a woman who feels too Latinx to think of myself as white but too white to self describe as a Latina woman.

I am a woman who hates the objectification of women but wants to be thought of as beautiful by onlookers.

I am a woman who wants to be valued for my opinion and voice but sometimes lacks the confidence to broadcast it.

I am a woman who has strong and fully realized emotions-- often negative-- but does not let any of them define me.

I am a woman who feels shy in expressing my sexuality but feels secure in it nevertheless.

I am a woman who claims to be a feminist but has yet to learn much of the theory and history of it that I should know.

I am a woman who may or may not ever get an abortion myself, but will always fight like hell to ensure other women can.

Women/womxn are anything but one dimensional. To grossly understate the current state of our nation (if not the world in its entirety,) the voices of countless women of color, transgender women, non-heterosexual women, low-income women, immigrant women are concealed by not only heteronormative and patriarchal policy and social norms, but the voices of more privileged women. Women can't go on neglecting the struggles other women face that don't necessarily apply to their lives. And through the struggle, all of these women have their own idiosyncrasies, passions, insecurities, and inner contradictions that no one else can duplicate or understand without delving deeper. We should take more initiative to sing and celebrate both ourselves and one another.

I can't speak for other women, and I can't describe the extent of their complexity the way I can describe mine. I have a lot to learn. Nevertheless, I know that that women across every social identity must be seen as human beings who contain multitudes and possess endless agency and intelligence to make their own choices.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments