Womankind 18: Fruit Fly

Womankind #19: Flamingo

Comments Off on Womankind #19: Flamingo
by Womankind mag on November 10, 2018

Issue #19 ‘Flamingo’ has arrived, you can buy a copy from our online store or subscribe now. Available January 27 in the UK, Europe, and Australia; February 5 in Europe, NZ, and Asia; March 5 in the US and Canada.

Telling someone to “grow up” is often taken badly. No one likes to be told that they’re acting like a child. But to ‘grow up’ is part of the constantly evolving human condi- tion. We always should be, in a sense, growing up.

Psychologists prefer to call it gaining ‘personal authority’, which means taking charge of your self, your health, your behaviour, your destiny. So rather than relying on the consent or approval of others, or waiting for other people to reveal a pathway forward, you instead understand that the choices you make are your responsibility. You are the gatekeeper to your own life.

For some, this feeling of ultimate freedom over the course of one’s destiny can feel too overwhelming; it’s easier to re- sign yourself to a fate that’s ultimately in another’s hands. Much like a child patiently waits for dinner, or for permission to play outside, you continue to wait for that signal from others, which may or may not ever arrive.

Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre argues that most people never accept this gaping responsibility over the course of their lives, but instead will blame society, religion, luck, parents, and so on when things go wrong. But to do so, argues the philosopher, is to live in “bad faith”. We must, he believes, accept that we have the freedom to choose and direct the course of our lives. To do so is to gain ‘personal authority’, or what’s commonly referred to as ‘growing up’.

Antonia Case, Editor-in-Chief, Womankind magazine

You can buy a copy from our online store or subscribe now.

To purchase copies from newsstands and bookstores:

If you’re in the UK: WH Smith, airports, Easons, Sainsburys, 2,000 independent news agencies;

If you’re in Australia: Leading bookstores, 3,000 news agencies, Coles, leading art galleries, airports;

If you’re in NZ: leading bookstores and news agencies, airports.

If you’re in the US: Barnes & Noble, airport stores, Books a Million, and thousands of independent newsstands;

If you’re in Canada: Chapters/Indigo, airports, and selected independents;

Click here for the full list of stockists in Australia and NZ.

You can buy a copy from our online store or subscribe now.

Comments are closed.


features

Want to write something for the next issue of Womankind? Then take up our ‘kindness’ challenge – starting this Wednesday

read more

Feeling powerless about climate change? Osprey Orielle Lake has initiated a collective, women-led global movement to help save the planet.

read more

The shaking was gentle at first, then my father pushed harder against my shoulder. “You’ve got to get up!” “But

read more