Brilliant article that is beautifully written. Society bases its idea of what a woman 'should be' based on a patriarchal ideal. A woman is told that she must be passive, feminine, domestic and maternal to be truly accepted. Breaking free from this model is a brave and strong feat, and I applaud you for not relinquishing your identity in order to fit this ideal. Your story shows such fortitude and you should be incredibly proud of yourself.

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Cambridge master’s student, literature grad and a semi-amateur writer.

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