Ladies, let’s stop tearing each other down



 

“You can tell who the strong women are, they’re the ones building each other up instead of tearing each other down.”

The roll of the eyes, the fierce death stare, the dramatic storming off set. Anyone with a TV in Australia knows the narrative has been set for this week’s upcoming episodes of The Voice. It’s Delta Goodrem versus Jessie J. Woman versus woman. Who will the contestants choose, who will the audience side with, which woman will emerge as the
villain or the saint?
 The question we should be asking is why do we continue to see this tired old storyline of women hating on, rather than supporting, each other. Haven't we moved past that? There is something so infuriating, yet sad, about the whole situation. The Voice is a feel good show pitched on people chasing their dreams. It has a great opportunity to empower and motivate young women. What impact does it have on impressionable girls when they see their idols tearing each
other down to get ahead?
 The catty tone and deliberate attacks we've witnessed so far from the two stars will be familiar to almost every woman. It's like watching 15-year-old girls fight for status and self-worth in the playground. The posturing and their insecurities are painfully obvious. It's also a good reminder that even as grown women we can fall into the trap of turning against each other, rather than towards each other, when it really counts.
 So today, rather than continuing to rant about it, I’ve set myself a challenge. Everyday for the next week I’m going to reach out to a woman I respect, love or admire and let her know. I started Zurii because I want to be part of a community of strong, bold, brave women who empower and lift each other up. It’s time to turn the words into actions.

Patrice Gibbons
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