What does this mean to you??

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What does this mean to you??
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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 9:31am
When you read this statement, "I am woman, hear me roar!", what does it mean to you?


and....


What has been the most empowering moment in your life???



Gail

P.S. IF there are any men on the board, which I think blackstorm may stop by sometimes, simply think of how you see women as a man, and how this statement is viewed in male terms. :)

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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 10:20am
Plain and simple....girls rule, guys drool! Men are from mars, women look like stars (I made that up....how corny! lol) I would love to hear a guys perspective on what it means....any takers???

Lindsay

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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 4:18pm
I liked what Lindsay said and as for me I think its 'coming into her own'....I asked my brother who is sitting across me from the comp and watching a dvd and he asked me back,"What does it mean?"

"You tell me your interpretation"

"Well,If You think about it,"he sat up and said,"It means a woman protecting her kids,especially from her husband."

"What?How so?,"I asked

"In the wild,Lioness who often hunts other animals and waits for the Lion too eat first and only then eats....but sometimes Lions attack their own cubs and the Lioness will fight him to death to protect her children."

It seems she roars and tries to fend him off and circles about her cubs...

I do not know the facts there ladies..but when my brother said it,I was so impressed that I had to tell it and could not even pass it off as my own.

Anya
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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 4:26pm
I am woman, hear me roar!", what does it mean to you?


that gives me fond memories of the Helen Reddy song - I am not really into that whole feminist perspective - I think people should present themselves with self respect and if you need to roar to get that - as long as it doesn't hurt someone else then that is the way to go - but most of all - it is a nostalgic moment

What has been the most empowering moment in your life???

well, several - being at the top of my class in law school at the end of my first year and knowing that that meant I would get a good job, was definitely one since I worked so hard that year (1991-92); being able to walk away from a 5 year on and off again relationship with a wonderful man who wanted to marry me because I knew somehow it was not quite right and despite having no one else to fill his shoes; realizing that I was comfortable choosing platonic friends based on who I really liked as opposed to who was "popular" (this realization took me longer than I care to admit!); finally moving out of my parents' house at age 28; deciding on April 1, 1990 that, darn it, I was going to realize my dream and apply to law school despite my fear of failing, and then doing it; and most recently, getting the T-mobile store to give me a full refund on my phone when they wanted to retain $35 because I didn't bring the outer box back with the phone - you can bet I let them have it and ten minutes later - I "won" - what a feeling!!!

Gail - I'm sorry I broke the rules (couldn't choose just one) - but it was empowering to do so! ;-)

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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 4:41pm
Isn't that great,getting the full refund!!I dig that because I know it is such a great feeling to get back what you know you deserve and let the other person know that you cannot be taken for a ride!!

I do admire all your other accomplishments and this one is particular was amazing to me.

anya
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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 5:58pm
Thanks - it felt pretty darn good to leave that store with the full refund - my main strategy was to announce to each person who walked in "can you believe that they want to charge me $35 for a box??" and as a last resort (I hate mentioning I'm a lawyer, in those situations) I threatened to sue and explained exactly why - and that seemed to scare them as well.

Thanks again for your response!

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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 10:22pm
hummm "I am woman, hear me roar" makes me think of alot of things. I am viewed as demure, and quiet, unassuming and proper.... but watch out when I have something to say or when I feel wronged or am being treated as a doormat. Cuz, I will speak up, I will be noticed. lol That women are not to be taken lightly. We are caring and loving human beings, there is some of the sterotype to us just by being female as opposed to male... but we are not afraid to break that stereotype and seize the day! :)

My most empowering moment came the other day... When I was thinking about the ex boyfriend, the one who constantly beat me down esteem wise and made me feel like I wasnt enough for him or anyone else. Even though Fred loved me unconditionaly, I can still think back to that time with pussnuts and feel blue. Well, no more... because I realized, I was pretty enough, I was skinny enough, I did dress well and I wasnt a failure .. just that the exbf.. wasnt enough for me, and I didnt fit his standards for the ideal. I was perfect for me, and thats all that mattered.

Thats my 2 cents this week :) TTFN :) Charlene

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Sun, 06-15-2003 - 5:34am
Hiya Gail

You haven't stopped by our board so I came to make mischief on yours!!!

"I am woman hear me roar" to me means: I have PMT so shut up and don't bug me.

Coming from a third world country, I don't think I've ever had an empowering moment. Perhaps if i'd experienced motherhood, I would have! Okay let me think... Nope. Can't think of one.

I was brought up to be submissive and fume inside!! And joke occasionally.

Cheers to everyone,

Sal.
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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 7:38am
"I am woman, hear me roar!",

** it means im a woman with "substance" not just with physical beauty but a soul deep within my heart which overflows with love. Ready to care and give love and receive it all in return. She's emotional too, compassionate at times, has a mind of her own. But once hurt, i have to unleash my power and sting u all with sudden malice..(scorpion attack..lol)
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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 9:28am
Oh, Deena. No rules to be broken. You have all these things that made you feel strong and empowered. It is a bundle sort of deal. Life accomplishments in general are okay to help us feel empowered. Let me tell you, when i save money some way, that is definitely a moment for me!! good for you girl!

Gail

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 9:31am
SO happy you came by SAl!!! I lurk more now on the LDR board. I just cant get in too much anymore. It seems to move so fast for me these days and I am moving into my new place, so I have been busy. I have not even been on this board as often as I would hope to be. But, the ladies here understand !! Love you all! Thanks for coming over. You should do it more often. YOu always have such great advice!!

Gail

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