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Friday, February 8, 2008

This Is Womanhood?

Melissa Fryrear is an alumna of the "ex-gay" movement and a staff member of Focus on the Family, the aggressively anti-LGBT organization. Her story of leaving her lesbian life concludes as follows.

During my years of restoration, I also began to learn about this thing called womanhood. Goodness! Who knew there was so much to learn: plucking eyebrows, hair bleaches, hair waxings, facial mud masks, eye lash curlers, manicures, pedicures, push-up bras, tummy tuckers, rear-end boosters, last year’s colors, and next year’s fashions?

I also began to learn about boys. Let me say that if anyone thinks puberty is tough at fifteen, try it in your thirties!


Now let me see if I read this correctly?
--A mature and healthy female sexuality is all about boys?
--Womanhood is a matter of trying to impress said boys via ever-shifting, consumer-capitalism driven, bodily tortures, fripperies, and fakeries--some of which contain chemicals quite damaging to female (and when applicable, fetal) health?

I can only say, how depressing. How confining.

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