"I felt that being in touch with my emotions was a sign of weakness and being vulnerable wasn’t ok- it was being ‘like a girl’".
When I was younger, I associated with the male gender, more than female. I felt very ‘boyish’. I liked ‘boyish’ sports and I felt stronger acting like a boy. I felt that being in touch with my emotions was a sign of weakness and being vulnerable wasn’t ok- it was being ‘like a girl’.
I felt if I acted like a boy long enough the pressures of looking good would disappear. I thought that I wouldn’t have to live up to this unattainable beauty standard of cover girls. It took a long time to actually be comfortable as a girl and as a woman. I have been very lucky to have strong women in my life. I have now grown up and embraced girl hood. I have days where I associate more to the male stereotype and days when I am complete ‘girl’. I believe expressing vulnerability in fact, empowers me as a woman as it shows I am in control of my own emotions. It is ok to appear weak, it is not defenceless and it is not ‘girly’. My aim is to create a zine that is a relatable platform of illustrations and visuals that addresses and question these issues that
young girls go through.