When Women Were Women


I was reading about a picture of Elizabeth Taylor (In Maureen “I hate all men except John Kerry” Dowd’s most recent column in the New York Times); so I did a google image search looking for that picture.  While doing that, I came across this picture, which I thought was amazing.

It is a picture of Elizabeth Taylor sitting on top of the USS Los Angeles CA-135, of which she was hostess.  The picture is amazing:  it undeniably strikes of a time when women were women and popular actresses were unabashed supporters of our armed forces, which, unfortunately, is no longer the way it is today.


Let’s savor this picture.  First, notice that, although Elizabeth is almost completely covered, she undeniably exudes sexuality.  In fact, I would venture to say she exudes more sexuality than many actresses or female entertainers today who purposely show as much skin as possible.  The difference between her and them is striking. 

Another thing that Taylor is oozing with is femininity. 

Today, people insist that gender (masculinity or femininity) are one thing, but biological sex (male or female) are another, and the two are completely unrelated.  A man can be masculine, feminine or both, and so can a woman.

By definition, this is illogical.  If any so-called masculine trait can rationally exist in a woman, it is by definition not a masculine trait.  And, vice versa, if any so-called feminine trait can rationally exist in a man, it is by definition not a feminine trait. 

Femininity is intimately linked and exclusive to women and masculinity is intimately linked and exclusive to men.  Femininity is the woman who embraces, loves and acts in accordance to her nature as a woman.  Women cannot rationally be masculine and men cannot rationally be feminine.    

Femininity and masculinity tie back primarily to who we are as sexual beings.  It is femininity that makes a woman sexual.  A sexual woman is a woman who has a heightened sense of her femininity. She accentuates and plays up those things that make her a woman.  For reference, see Elizabeth Taylor perched on the main battery of the USS Los Angeles CA-135. 

Those who insist that gender and sex are divorced—that men can be feminine or women can be masculine—are assaulting sexuality, specifically heterosexuality.  Feminine men do not attract women and masculine women do not attract men.  Just as they (feminists, socialists, and others) are assaulting masculinity in men, they are assaulting femininity in women.  In the process, they are making women unattractive to men and men unattractive to women. 

One of the ways that feminists try to turn women from femininity is to tell women that femininity equates to weakness.  Not true.  A human negotiates reality by using their mind. Women can still be completely and totally feminine (embrace their bodily nature as women) while remaining rational (embrace their mind). 

I saw Elizabeth Taylor on TV once in such a way that gave evidence of a strong woman.  I was watching a show about actors from the golden age of Hollywood (I wanted to catch a glimpse of a young Paul Newman or a young Sean Connery … <Sigh>).  On the show, it showed someone asking Taylor if, in the past two years of her (then) marriage, she felt she had matured any.  If someone asked any modern day actress that, the answer would likely be a mind-numbing blab fest about their feelings, emotions, and the oh-so-dramatic battles they had faced in two years.  But Taylor didn’t say that. Instead she said: “Of course I did.  If I didn’t, that would make me retarded now wouldn’t it?”  Ha! I loved it!!

This sultry picture of Elizabeth Taylor reminds us of a time when completely sophisticated and rational women embraced their femininity and were proud to be hostesses of naval war ships. It was a time when women were women. 

Amber Pawlik
Article written in 2004

Objectivist Sexuality: An Outline for Happily Ever After
Amber Pawlik
Objectivist Sexuality discusses gender, dating, love, sex, and relationships from an Objectivist viewpoint. Objectivism is the philosophy of Ayn Rand. This book discusses sexuality from a philosophical perspective but it also has a practical purpose: to give men and women the principles and values necessary to define, seek, and ultimately find the love of their life. The topics covered include masculinity, femininity, love, dating, sex, relationships, feminism, sexual evolutionary theory, homosexuality, and many others.