“Real MEN”

Kelly & Lila

My youngest son at the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, 2018.

I never had much need of a “real man.” My paternal grandmother Lila and my great-grandmother Millie–both college educated–were bold, voiced women who cultivated such a legacy of strength that it lives on to this day even among those female descendants who never shared in their company as I so fortunately did.

And yet, the culture seeps in.

If not Disney Princes than the other men projected onto the big screen or onto the pages of history books or out into the world where women, despite their capacities and desires, were and continue to be not only underrepresented but unrecognized and uncelebrated.

Strong women have long been suspect, perceived as a threat by both women and men–those who haven’t claimed their own power–or those who prefer the safety of the status quo (particularly when it’s in…

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