Recently, images of scantily clad women have passed before my eyes and the delicate eyes of the minors in my presence while watching T.V. When I thought about it, a realization swept over me. These images have been slowly creeping into the mainstream for a while. Is it me or are we seeing a slow erosion of the worth and value of women?
It seems every time I turn around a woman is in a cat-fight, on a pole or flashing her thonged behind in the media. Women have come a long way, I understand that, but have we come far enough? Are we still being objectified? Will the constant images of us as sexual beings erode the value of the wonderful contributions we make to society? When young girls see a topless pop star on a men’s fashion magazine cover, do they understand that a women’s sexuality is only one aspect to her character; that she is much more than that—a magnificent and glorious being?
I would never knock the choices someone makes in their own lives, but I would like to say, it’s not wise to make those choices unconsciously. We have the power in each moment to choose who we are and what we stand for. When we don’t, someone else chooses for us. We allow them to tell us who and what we are. We give our power away.
As women, our feminine energy is powerful. It is the energy of compassion, nurturance, benevolence, and it can be a strong force for change. The world needs our kindness, our wisdom and intuition, our finessing touch. We are smart, dynamic, and capable human beings. We are creators. We are providers. We are revolutionaries. And when we honor the fullness of who we are; not just our physicality or sexuality, we bless the world.
To Your Journey,
Tonya Lampley is a Cincinnati based fiction author. Her debut novel is titled A Taste of Love and is available at Joseph Beth Booksellers and Amazon.com. To learn more about Tonya and her works, please visit www.TonyaLampley.com.