Funny, I have several friends who are so nice I've never heard them say an unkind word about anyone (or at least only in jest). Funny because I'm the sarcastic one who unashamedly talks smack on a pretty regular basis. Someone who never does is my friend Karen. She's one of those perpetually smiley people who's always looking at the bright side of things and people. I was lucky enough to meet her soon after moving out on my own and invite myself along with her friends on many an adventure, along with a few mis-adventures. Those are the most pleasurable to remember, btw.
|taking my boy on his first seado ride|
Even though we've all tried repeatedly to convince her there's a great guy out there for her, she's perfectly content by herself. That's the strong confidence many women should aspire to have. Karen is comfortable in her own skin, is friendly and welcoming, and takes care of what needs to be done. Her self-deprecating humor is also a great asset, and we can all learn a lesson or two from her example. So for all the good times and your comradeship, I thank you, my friend!
Those interested can take their own "pledge" to discern how women are represented in the media. Part of the challenge is to pay homage to each other in an effort to contradict the negative images and cruel criticism amongst ourselves. We are more than our looks, age, clothes, children and careers. My personal pledge is to:
"... make a concerted effort to see women as allies instead of enemies; and let's stop judging other women for their success, their talents or their looks" (MissRepresentation).