As women, we are often plagued with the perpetual struggle of conforming to societal ideals and pressures. From how we should dress, act, and interact with others, to how we choose to direct our lives, being a woman in this day and age is simply difficult. There are just too many expectations to meet. In a recently released video produced by Girls. Girls. Girls. Magazine, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon narrates such cutthroat—and often conflicting—societal standards.
"Be a lady, they said. Your skirt is too short. Your shirt is too low. Don't show so much skin. Cover up. Leave something to the imagination. Don't be a temptress. Men can't control themselves. Men have needs. Look sexy. Look hot. Don't be so provocative. You're asking for it. Wear black. Wear heels. You're too dressed up. You're too dressed down," the video begins. And it gets more emotional as it progresses.
Aside from physical appearances, the video also touches upon a myriad of issues such as procreation, catcalling, sexual relationships, romantic relationships, manners, party etiquette... the list goes on.
"You’ll make a good wife someday. Take his last name. You hyphenated your name? Crazy feminist. Give him children. You don’t want children? You will someday. You’ll change your mind."
You'd think that these demands have been rendered antiquated long ago, but when the video's narration was juxtaposed with modern-day visuals, it makes you realize that some things do not change. The battle against societal pressures, ideals, and norms will always be there, and it's up to us to take a stand.
Watch the entire film below to listen to other often-overlooked ideals that we subconsciously try to live up to each and every day. Trust us, it will send chills down your spine.