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Edited by on November 19 2012 at 1:02 PM

We’re 21st century gals, raised knowing we are societally equal to the men in our world. With androgyny now a fashion fixture, putting power bitches on top, we’ve been raised healthily headstrong to dominate a pair of Doc Martens as kick ass as a six-inch heel. But perusing, I got this momentary longing for a sexual divide in Reena Desai’s article, A Woman’s Power to Charm. Charm is our first and last alluring accessory, and our ancient feminine power may be getting squashed by our current frame of mind. 

Have Women Lost the Ancient Art of Feminine Charm?

Christopher Kane \ Carlos Miele spring 2013

“In our modern times, we as women have internalized very masculine conceptions of power, often thinking that our power comes from speaking with force, from staking our claim, from being direct and forthright, from being successful in a male dominated industries.  Albeit, this is a form of power, and one which is very necessary in certain times and situations.

“However, there is a much more subtle power that we possess as women and one that has not been taught to us, but rather suppressed, precisely because of it’s inherent feminine power.  This power is the root of charm, a charm that is based in a deep place of self-love, confidence and mystery.  It is the charm from which subtlety and seduction arise.

“It is the charm that can stop an army in its tracks, that can turn aggression into beautiful desire, that is the display of a woman fully liberated in her essence, in love with her body, confident in her worth and value and connected to her feminine life force.”

Do you think Reena’s views set feminism back? Or is this the new modern feminist mindset? Can you exude feminine power in the fem-twisted man’s suited uniform, or are curve embracing, delicate dresses the way to highlight our depth for charm?


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