I am a real woman.
I cannot iron so I am often seen in public with wrinkly clothes.
I cannot sew and have broken a needle off in my thumb trying.
Pink has never been my favourite colour. I have always been partial to green and black.
If you visit my house it will only be tidy if you give me a couple of days notice before showing up and even then I warn you to never open the under the stairs cupboard.
I do not have a green thumb and even managed to kill a cactus that was in my care.
I do not want to have it all. I find it hard to balance work, kids and still find time to do something for myself every now and again.
I like technology… a lot!
I like science fiction and fantasy films, books and games… a lot!
I have been known to play RPGs in my life.
I used to play the trumpet, switched to the drums and finally found peace with a bass guitar. My old band played heavy metal music.
I don’t spend all morning in the bathroom putting on make-up.
I rarely dry my hair before I go out let alone straighten or curl it.
I do not care if I break a fingernail for beauty reasons but do care if I do and it hurts.
I can have male friends and not fall in love with them. My best friend is a male and although I adore him I am not in love with him.
I am tired of seeing so many clichés about what woman are supposed to be. I can’t believe we have come so far in this world and yet are still so stuck in our ideologies of what people are supposed to be. I love reading stories where the character does not fit the clichés.
I saw a post today challenging women to get more real and take pictures of themselves without make-up, corsets, control pants or any other beauty altering tricks and post them on their social media sites. I think it is a great idea. So here is a picture of me. I am fresh out of the bath, wearing my pjs, with no make-up on, dark circles under my eyes and damp hair because I accept this challenge.
What clichés do you wish would just go away? What do you think you can do as a writer to make them disappear?