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Your birth-rights gives the honor of self-worth,
God made us more than a female wearing a skirt.
Remember that man’s point of view about you,
is nothing but a lie with no truth.
Power is in the way we think and speak of ourselves. Empowering ourselves is to speak and think, positive things about ourselves.
It doesn’t mater what others think of us
Empowering ourselves is what we think of ourselves. Don’t expect these things from anyone else. Remember it’s you who’s living with you.
You know yourself better than anyone else.
Empower yourself, stop stuffing your feelings to people please. Your feelings are a real part of who you are. Learn to express them in a positive manner. Especially when it concerns your sister and brother. We must remember that God made us in His own Image, and this is very good.
Man wouldn’t have done this, even if he could.



Stop thinking and speaking negative thoughts about ourselves
Tell ourselves that we’re important beings.
Don’t wait for others to compliment us, speak encouraging words to ourselves.
Keep our personal appearance on the top shelf.
Begin to treat ourselves better than we do our abuser.
Remember our own birthdays, and other special holidays.
Buy gifts for ourselves. Stop putting ourselves last, when it comes to doing things for others.
Build our own self-esteem, by telling us that we’re beautiful and we’re worthy beings.
We deserve to be respected and loved in the highest sense. Learn to love ourselves, we’re the ones we have to live with the rest of our lives. Learn to laugh at ourselves, we’re not perfect. Remember that we don’t have to be the things, that other people say that we are.
Stop dressing ourselves out of the basement or the thrift stores. Buy the clothes that we really want for ourselves. Clothes that will compliment our personality. Treat ourselves to special things that we like, and learn to enjoy being and doing them alone.Tell ourselves that we deserve love and respect from everyone.

Catherine Oxner

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The following comments are for "WOMEN EMPOWERING THEMSELVES"

no material girls

Kick-ass article-my sympathies go out to the women that are getting abused and don’t even know it.
I wish all the women with sugar-daddies and that have bought into the material world would read this.



( Posted by: macbeth [Member] On: March 19, 2006 )

I find it interesting that the writer speaks from a place of UNempowerment. That is, she assumes that the subject is already in that place, as if all women are somehow victimized by the very fact of being a woman. I wouldn't know anything about that personally, as i am not a woman, but, the majority of females that are in my life are, at worst, on a level playing field with the rest of the world.
Furthermore, the writer makes some very hasty generalizations. ("Remember that man’s point of view about you, is nothing but a lie with no truth.") So, are we to gather that ALL men hold this single, and biased point of view regarding women?

Finally, it would seem that the author is a bit misguided in a couple of respects. First, she speaks of men in a (hastily generalized) negative light. Yet, she later goes on to paint a picture of God as a masculine deity. (I'm assuming she is referring to an even more specific Judaeo-Christian God, though I can offer no proof of this.)
Lastly, the writer, in my opinion, proposes nothing more than superficial solutions to the "problem." (Buy nice clothes, buy gifts for ourselves, remember our birthdays.) I would think that the solution would be an inside job. To me, no one, absolutely no one, has the power to denigrate, deride, debase, disempower, or otherwise hurt me mentally (and/or spiritually), UNLESS I LET it be so! In fact, no one has the power to MAKE me angry...I must first allow it to happen, by making a choice to be offended in some way, ro some other such mental process. Like wise, i can not be sub-servient, unless I first allow it. Yes, there are all sorts of physical situations in which one might find her/him-self, in which choices may be eliminated, but mental freedom, given mental health as a prerequisite, can not be arbitrarily taken away from anyone.
As for the tone, I myself find it almost (ironically) patronizing, and how the above commentator finds it "uplifitng, positive, constructive" is beyond me. To suggest that folks print it and carry it about is assinine. Wake up, folks...screaming for respect, generally gets one the opposite.

( Posted by: Rogers [Member] On: March 20, 2006 )

True empowerment is an attitude, an inner beauty that does not demand yet by existing commands respect. I have found empowerment to be a confidence that permits me to dress any way I want - I don't feel the need to dress up if I don't feel like it - and that's freedom!! I shop where I want and many times its Thrift Store. It's what we think of the girl looking back out of the mirror that truly matters.

( Posted by: the demure 1 [Member] On: March 20, 2006 )

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