Women vs. women competition at all ages

In class we often learn about how disadvantaged women are, the glass ceilings they have to face, the physical pressures, and society’s stereotype. And despite all these growing challenges, women are now competing against their fellow women.

Feminist Fay Weldon brings to light that women today and of this generation are now more concerned about looks beyond freedom, female rights, or even men. She says that, “Women have ended up in competition with each other. It’s a kind of self-obsession” (Cooper).

This perception seems to grow as women age; the pressures of being young, especially in the workplace, build up and the blame starts being placed on other women. Unfortunately, most of this competition comes from this holding onto youth, and seeing failure when comparing to other women.

Huffington Post says, “The truth is, competition at the workplace and elsewhere does exist among women…but as we age, we all have to struggle to let youth go. As we do, we’re all in it together.”

So while women should be teaming up together to help each other through the aging process, women just need to come to terms about their own aging process.

Even more starkly, feminist Fay Weldon says, “It doesn’t matter how you express this self-obsession and denying of age – it’s only temporary. They’ll both be 50 before they know it.”

Resources:
The Fairest One of All: What is This (Latest) Female Competition Really About?
Every woman’s ready-salted row
‘Mirror Mirror’: What The Snow White Narrative Says About Women, Beauty And Aging

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