xenologer: (Ravenna)
I grew up being referred to as "a firecracker" and "a pistol" and still getting slammed down every time that cute sparky spirit was being directed at them (the horror!)

Over time it just felt more and more like I was being praised for being a spirited horse. The only reason a lot of men want a strong woman is so that they can feel even more manly for being able to break a higher-level beast than the next guy did.

Makes me wish I could poop on them just by lifting my tail. Horses know the way.

Sadly, pooping in public is frowned upon, so I will have to settle for shredding every man who thinks he can use me as his personal attack dog. No, boys, you don't get to treat this bitch however you want and still have her fight for you, and being on the other end of my leash isn't as fun as you're thinking. What it really means is that the only person who isn't safe from me is you.

Boys.

They just don't think sometimes, do they?

Date: 2014-08-12 07:46 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] staranise
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The only reason a lot of men want a strong woman is so that they can feel even more manly for being able to break a higher-level beast than the next guy did.

Ugh this.

Date: 2014-08-12 08:01 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] admnaismith.livejournal.com

Well...it's understandably disconcerting when someone you've considered an ally, and have admired for her strength, suddenly turns and sucker punches you.

Not that that happens to me much these days, but when it does, I try real hard to consider what role I may have had in bringing that situation on. I've been known to step on toes without realizing it. And the lions in the pride I roam with have sometimes cut when they meant only to scratch.

If anything, I think of you as someone entitled to call on me for backup, not the other way around.

Date: 2014-08-13 02:05 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] admnaismith.livejournal.com

People want to take whatever you have, for their own use.

If you're strong, they want to enlist you to be their weapon, and fight and die for their cause, not your own.

If you're attractive, they want sex.

If you're smart, they want you to do their thinking for them, so that they don't have to.

If you're rich, you can't sneeze without getting boogers on a nearby mugger or con artist.

If you have talents, they want you to donate them to their project "for the exposure" or whatever.

And the tactics are always the same. They either try to intimidate you into giving it up, or they whine and wheedle and guilt trip, or they flat out lie to you. You're a bad, selfish person unless you just fork it over. Who do you think you are, anyway?

I have an office where I offer services for compensation. The people who want me to be their sword for free bore me now. When they call with some reason (ranging from "nice try" to pathetic) why I should do my thing without compensation, I whip out the fucking Bingo card. It's so predictable.

I imagine it's not all that different from the tactics they use to try and get what you have. Except maybe that I'm more merciful. I just hang up on them. They get to be in your presence and feel the full consequences of the error of their ways.

Strength to your sword arm, sister.

Date: 2014-08-13 06:44 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] belenen.livejournal.com
The only reason a lot of men want a strong woman is so that they can feel even more manly for being able to break a higher-level beast than the next guy did.

So fuckin true.

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