I’ve talked about being intimidated by other women before. It’s a feeling that I keep tabs on, because I think it reveals insecurities that I need to work on. Lately, I’ve noticed that women that intimidate me tend to have done one or more of the following at some point in their lives:
- Played soccer;
- Been in a drama club or theater troupe or production company; or
- Traveled extensively.
Which is exactly why I plan on encouraging my future daughters to do all of these things.
This might be controversial, but I really hope that my daughters do not want to dance competitively or professionally or even in a studio; I’ve known too many women who’ve had their self-esteem wrecked in that competitive, body-focused environment.
Husband and I joke about, but also secretly fear, our future children rebelling against their parents by voting Republican or listening to bad top-4o pop music (is top-40 still a thing?). Along those lines, my daughters will probably turn out to be dancers and cheerleaders and, if that’s the case, I hope they prove my stereotype ill-founded and come out of high school and college confidence and common sense intact.