One conversation in the fashion industry over the last few years has been about hard and soft…the armoring with clothing while retaining sexiness and femininity. This fashion trend rides the “edge” for it merges two disparate qualities. Traditionally, we think of the feminine as receptive, yielding, even passive. Many cultures take away a woman’s power when they disallow that she also feels angry and needs to have a toughness that surpasses endurance–courage–over the course of her life. She certainly needs assertiveness. Sometimes she acquires a grittiness.
Following is an excerpt from a speech by Sojourner Truth recited by Maya Angelou.
As a woman, how do you “wear” the hard and soft of yourself?
As a man, how do you respond to a woman displaying anger?