Lauren Leto

Things Every Woman Should Know How To Do

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on January 11, 2010

1. Be single without having to tout yourself constantly as “single and loving it!”. You should be happy when you are single, but it shouldn’t be necessary that you have to tell people that you are happy. Does anyone question whether a single man is “lovin’ it”?

2. Know how to walk into a party, bathroom or a bar alone.

3. Ditch Marilyn Monroe as a role model. While Marilyn Monroe was a beautiful woman and a great role model in terms of body type/size, she should not be your role model. She was a troubled woman with an addiction to pills. Her claim to fame was her sex appeal. I nominate Benazir Bhutto for new tragic (not quite politically correct) role model in the ’10s. Leave this quote off your facebook profile: “If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.” Pick up this quote: “You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.”

4. Quit referring to extraordinary things you do as “girl power”. You’ve accomplished great things because you are great.

5. Stop judging others for their decisions with child raising. Natural childbirth, c-section, breast feeding, work at home mom, working mom, single mom, gluten-free diet, fast food diet. Whatever. It’s hard for everyone.

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  1. L.L. said, on January 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you for pointing out Marilyn Monroe’s faults! She also bedded married men routinely. I can never figure out why people look up to her for anything other than beauty. Also – love the thing about being single and loving it. You’re right – no one questions whether the single man is loving it. Never thought of that before.

  2. lindsayrfelsing said, on January 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I did love her book Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West.. I was moved by her experience of returning to her country after exile..but she did little for women’s rights and she likely laundered a lot of money… she accused the US of encouraging premarital sex with harm-reduction sex education.. and is adamantly against a woman’s right to choose… she also promised to maintain certain laws impeding the rights of women.. due to political context? perhaps.. but not the best role model of feminism. Regardless, I do like her quotes.

    • Lauren Leto said, on January 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      An idea for who to nominate instead of her? Struggling to think of someone that’s a positive role model who didn’t use sex appeal…

      • L.L. said, on January 11, 2010 at 6:04 pm

        I don’t know that it’s so bad for women and young girls to look up to someone who has sexy appeal because you can have that and stay classy. Just like you can be smart AND pretty, athletic and sensitive, etc. What about Princess Diana? Sure I’m not one for monarchy, but the lady was very pretty, a good Mom, she ditched the cheating hubby, she did a lot of charity work, etc. She embodies a lot of those things…

      • Lauren Leto said, on January 11, 2010 at 6:05 pm

        Princess Di is definitely a step in the right direction.

      • satish said, on January 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm

        aung sun su kyi. Of course, i also find her incredibly attractive, but thats another thing.

      • duncan said, on January 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

        How about Miep Gies? The Anne Frank story is something that resonates well with teenage girls. Very sad to hear she passed away this week.

  3. Kendall said, on January 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I love this post. Love love love. And absolutely true.

  4. hannahkaty said, on January 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Absolutely! Thank you thank you thank you for writing this! I especially love point number 1, it is about being happy inside and out and not relying on someone to do it for you. And I agree, the obsession with Marilyn Monroe needs to end. Let’s stop making Tshirts with the woman’s face on it.

  5. Dean said, on January 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    i enjoyed this post…

    though women have a lot of things they can know. this needs many sequels (via star trek movies)

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  7. debkatz said, on January 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    #5. Thank you. I’m stunned we still need reminded about the non-judging thing. Women can hurt women far more than men can. Tragic but true. Let’s uphold and edify each other. Stength in support. Bravo!

  8. elleayrenee said, on January 12, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I would consider Katherine Hepburn and Angelina Jolie to be positive role models. In my opinion they are both attractive, intelligent, and have some good quotes. Also, I think you can admire a woman for her sex appeal, as long as it isn’t the main reason she’s admired. This is why I admire Angeline Jolie, but not Megan Fox.

    Loved the post by the way.

  9. Angela Erbite said, on January 12, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Great Post!
    3. Natalie Portman all the way!

  10. Lauren Leto said, on January 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    A friend’s take on “Things Every Guy Should Know How to Do”

  11. Margarita said, on January 12, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I really loved this post, it’s taking the ‘women’s movement’ (totally forgive me for writing this) in the proper direction. No more jumping up and down cus we’re single and dressing slutty and doing ‘girl power’ things.
    We’re woman and we rock but we don’t have to be crazy about it.

  12. Jessica said, on January 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Girl power!

  13. Alianna said, on January 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I’ve always adored Audrey Hepburn. Sure, she was a hollywood starlet, but was she ever in the tabloids? No. Was she, and is she still, counted as the classiest woman who ever lived? Yes.

    She also ironed her own clothes and was always actively involved in charity. Angelina Jolie is routinely complimented on her work in Cambodia, but Hepburn was the first to go there and work with the children.

    She knew how to be herself and she didn’t apologize for any faults she (or anyone) else thought she had. She dazzled everyone because she knew how to be polite, professional and nice while still giving an honest opinion.

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