Kristen Bell asked a very poignant and direct question in an open letter on Medium.com yesterday: “Why is being ‘girly’ a negative adjective?”
We think this should be a requisite read for all girls. You know what, for women as well. Heck, we might as well throw in men while we’re at it. Everyone should read this!
“Should we have equal power? Yes. Should we earn equal wages? Yes. Should our voices be heard at equal volume? Hell yes. But does X=Y, or in this case, x chromosome = y chromosome? I have to say no.”
It’s such a powerful message, and one that is so desperately needed these days. The qualities that are characteristic of women should not be seen as lesser. We need to embrace them! We’re all equal, but not the same, and we don’t need to be. Kristen Bell knows it. We know it. Everyone needs to know it.
The 35-year-old penned the piece on gender equality for the United State of Women Summit. The story, titled “Why Being Girly is a Good Thing,” opens with a hilariously adorable photo of Bell as a little girl wearing a shiny, pink dress covered in lace and frills. It sets the tone immediately.
“We are often called sensitive, emotional and non-confrontational,” writes Bell. “Hey ladies, guess what? These all go into the “pro” column!”
And it’s true. Our emotional intuition and caring nature is what actually makes us women so damn awesome at life. “[These characteristics] allow us to be generous in both material and spirit, because we can gauge our needs and the needs of others,” writes Bell.
Heck to the yes!
This isn’t the only piece of fist-pumping, uplifting content that Bell’s written. Just a few weeks back, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star wrote an honest piece opening up about her battle with depression and anxiety. (Another must-read, if you haven’t done so already.)
This other side of Bell makes us want to be bffs with her more than ever. Kristen, if you read this, let’s hang!