“Behind a great man there’s a great woman”
I heard this saying last weekend in a family gathering. And I ask myself why does the woman have to be behind the man? Why can’t she be beside her great man? Or even – just had this crazy thought – why can’t this great woman have a great man behind her?
I know it’s just a saying and I know 50 years ago it probably made sense. But I can’t help wondering, have we really, as a society, evolved that much? Or are we, as women, still undermining ourselves? When we gossip about other women’s lifestyle and, full of morality, call them whores; when we notice that stretch mark and that cellulite patch that nobody else could see, or comment how much bigger she’s got since the last time we saw her; when we immediately conclude that if she got that big promotion she is definitely sleeping with her boss… and this could go on, and on, and on… Maybe we are still women behind the great men and it’s nobody else’s fault but our own.