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  • What a woman is who doesn't have actual power but is very good at catering to the beauty myth. Originated by Twisty Faster at I Blame The Patriarchy.

    "She may only earn 3/4 of what a man earns, but she damn well has the empower to look sexy doing it in her cheapcrap push-up bra from Victoria’s Secret. She has the empower to demand pink products from manufacturers. She has the empower to cry out ‘I did it for me!’ when she gets her boob job; maybe she even has the empower to believe it. The empowerful woman is saucy, yet feminine. Clever, yet feminine. In her early thirties, yet feminine. Heterosexual, yet feminine. Stays in shape eating Lean Cuisine and sweating blue Gatorade while kickboxing in slow motion, yet feminine. Yes, the empowerful woman is many things. Too bad powerful isn’t one of them."

    June 26, 2009

  • "These articles largely avoid the “empowerful�? trap, which is the trap so well-skewered by Twisty, wherein the relief that comes when you quit fighting for yourself and just give up is mixed in with the joy of actual victory. Pulling down a real paycheck, leaving the asshole and living by yourself, obtaining a powerful job — these are real forms of power. Stripper aerobics, where the fun mainly comes from being able to combine the pressure to exercise a lot with the pressure to practice being a sex object, is empowerful. Not real power at all, just feels like it in the hands of those who aren’t used to what real power might actually feel like." - Pandagon, from

    this article.

    March 12, 2008