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What does being a woman mean to you?

I was just finishing an interview for an Australian online fashion magazine, ‘Beauty & Lace.’ That was the last question. Here was my answer..

What does being a woman mean to you?

In the not so distant past, being a woman in my society meant that your path was already mapped out for you. For many women today, it still does.
I celebrate the fact that I am not held to those same gender roles and am able to identify as is relevant to me.
Growing up in a religious environment I found that my gender defined expectations upon me and my behaviour. That was the first lens through which my ‘womaness’ was understood. It is only recently, having rejected this ideology, that I am able to respond, explore and discover what being a women can mean for me.
Perhaps, because of this introduction to gender from which I have rebelled, I now associate it with freedom and autonomy.
Being a woman, to me, is about a focus on being human and embracing all aspects of who I am. It is also about the freedom for it to have whatever meaning I want it to.

I’d be interested to hear people’s responses, regardless of gender.