Our culture tells women we should have infinite energy. Energy to do all the things, all the time. Energy to have a successful and fulfilling career, while also staying perpetually young, thin and within the tiny margins of the “ideal” beauty image. Energy to still be doing the majority of household chores. Energy to take care of the kids (and pets and possibly other family members) while doing the vast majority of emotional labor at home and at work.
Women have been conditioned to perform as if we have energy to spare (even when we’re exhausted) for the benefit of those around us. Regardless of how we feel, our programming tells us that we should put on a show of boundless energy. But we all know, deep down, that the expectations are impossible and therein lies the tension.
Originally posted on Kind Over Matter. Check out the full article here.