I'd rather die than let go of the power I like to call femininity. Many may classify it as weakness, rather than a strength gifted by something of divine power.
No, I don't put myself as a member of the feminist movement, in fact I would oppose it if I really had to. I just happen to be a woman with great value and respect towards my femininity, and live to hold it closely as a big part of my personality, as well as recognizing the importance of it.
Life imitates art. There's a strong reason why you find a female as the backbone of classic poetry, countless literature works, as well as the beauty on many paintings. The electricity a woman's body brings to art is undeniably gravitating, and how can it not be when a woman's eyes are able to move generations. I grew up in a heritage where my eyes have the ability to move a man's heart with one glance. I am not a fool to abandon or neglect such power.
I wish to not be mistaken and thought of as a woman who disrespects such gift, or aims to seek equality with the opposite gender by the use of my sexuality. I am writing this as a mere reminder to bring back what it really means to be a female. The inspiration came to me after finding out the meaning of the painting shown above, which I struggled to find the official name of, or even the artist's name.
It appears to be a painting of Russian/Caucasus origin, accompanying a poem written by Isabella Nezhina. I asked a friend of mine to translate the poem (which is originally written in Russian):
The title is called "those times"
War stopped from taking of the veil
In the young woman, there is femininity and strength
Remember the traditions of the holy nation
Don't kill the young woman's brother
If all the women could stop the war, by taking of the veil
Many hands would rise
Many wouldn't have been taken to the hospital
These are men and fathers
Women need the brave men after all
Back in the day of this poem, it was knowledge that men must protect the homes. However, it was also known that behind this masculine power is the woman who's always been in the shadows. Unknowingly, the shadowed female had the power to stop wars only by lifting her veil off her head, so that men would look away and stop fighting each other. This is an emphasis of the power a woman's femininity has on the strong masculinity, even when at war. The artist suggests that a woman's power is actually stronger than that of a man, it is just unknown to everybody.
If you are interested in understanding the painting more, my friend suggests to dive into research about the Russian Crossacks, as he expects this to be about the times of the revolution.
Thank you Adam for welcoming me to a whole new world of art and fiery history.