Now that I've submitted my entry in the Colorado Mills "Week of a Woman" contest, I can reflect on how well I represented my sex. The contest rules urged me to "capture everyday women on film," so I took a bunch of pictures doing things women do. But now that I've studied the heart graphic promoting "Celebrate Women" month at Colorado Mills, I think I might have missed the point...
The heart lists words like "handbags," "diamonds" and "cheesecake!", presumably as womanly things to like. I don't have strong feelings about any of those things -- but as a woman, should I? Nowhere in the graphic were words like "politics" or "equality" or "empowerment," which is stuff that tends to come of mind when I think of my gender. But hey, I would be lying if I didn't admit that I love "shopping" and "exercise." As for "career," you're looking at that right now.
How well did my entry capture the lives of everyday women? Judge for yourself:
Photo #1: "Brush Your Teeth With Anger." Here I took on the subjects of health care and shopping. Heath care wasn't in the heart graphic -- but shopping was.
Photo #2: "Spiritual Gangster Spelled Backwards." This photo was about my obsession with working out -- and shopping. As women, we should love the gym -- if only because it's the only way we can accommodate that hidden desire to eat chocolate so seductively and without guilt.
Photo #3: "Big Baby Jesus Dog." This was my attempt at looking maternal -- with my roommate's pup. Luckily, he's like one of those fainting goat kitties that just falls on his back whenever I want to hold him like a baby.
Photo #4: "Yes, They're Real." As a kid, I wanted glasses that would make me look smart. Then, when I was sixteen, my eyesight went bad and I got my wish.
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Photo #5: "I Didn't Back It Up." Being a woman is stressful. Being a woman and using a computer is more stressful. But I pulled the Carrie Bradshaw card at the Apple Store and everything worked out fine.
Colorado Mills is continuing on with its month of womanly stuff, including a day of free Cinnabons and coffee for Red Hat Society members, as well as special merchant trunk shows and free personal shopping offers available to all women. For more information on these events, visit the mall's website or Facebook page.