savvy auntie

There was always a nail varnish flaunting its sheen by her kitchen sink or a lipstick in an elegant china sugar bowl sporting a little white lace and crochet cover with beads sewn into the edges. Nooks and crannies abounded with copious gems and wonders to fill the mind's eye, a walk through Marie's house revealed story after story and the mix-matched pictures depicted a life fully immersed.
For those experiencing feminism's unintended consequences - childless, working women of my generation who, just like Friedan's housewives, are wondering if there's 'something more' - it can feel like the pendulum swung too far the other way.
Being a 33-year-old exhibiting no signs of reproduction has taught me a lot about how far feminism still has to go and about the expectations of the current moment, expectations about what being a woman is, or indeed about what being a proper person is.