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Balls of steel? Not for me or Janie Emaus! How about a new phrase for women? Read more from Janie on her blog, Boomer Rants.

It’s all about the balls.

And yes. I am talking about the ones which I’m sure just dangled across your mind. The ones which are part of the male anatomy.

It appears that having a set of them qualifies one for a position of leadership. Throughout the ages, they’ve come to symbolize power, authority, decision making and a multitude of other achievements.

For instance, a gutsy move may illicit this saying: God, he must have balls of steel.


Act wimpy and you may hear: Oh, grow a set of balls, will you?

And when a woman in a powerful position rises to the head of a company, makes a name for herself, we too often hear this: Man, she’s got balls.

Well, no she doesn’t have balls. And she doesn’t need balls!

We women have our own body parts to deal with, thank you very much. We have breasts, and a vulva, and ovaries, and labia, and vaginas. We don’t need any part of a man’s body to prove ourselves to the world.

I think it’s time for some new terminology.

Think about it. In today’s society so many woman are supporting their families. The stay-at-home dad isn’t a rare coin anymore.

But do we ever hear this? He’s sure got vaginal stamina. Spending all day changing diapers and playing peek-a-boo.

No. And it’s time we did.

It’s time to teach our daughters to respect themselves for who they are. For the bodies given to them.

A woman of power is a not a woman with balls but one with a ferocious vulva. With a determined fallopian tube. Or a headstrong ovary.

We have to teach our daughters that women can and will rule the world.

A new motto for a this year:

No balls needed to succeed.

Janie Emaus

Janie Emaus is the author of the time travel romance, Before the After, and the young adult novel, Mercury in Retro Love. She has an essay in the Best Selling humor anthology, You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth. She is a staff writer at In The Powder Room. She is proud to be named a 2013 BlogHer Voice of the Year . Janie believes that when the world is falling apart, we're just one laugh away from putting it together again. To learn more about Janie visit her blog and her website Janie Emaus. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @Janie5010.

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Janie Emaus

Friday 6th of June 2014

I can't say I'd use that expression either!

Lynne Spreen

Friday 6th of June 2014

I just watched "The Wolf of Wall Street" last night and they had a shocking phrase that the aggressive, take-no-prisoners, "secretary" flung back at her boss or anybody when she wanted to say, basically, "kiss my ass" or "suck my dick." It was "lick my t**t". And she said it with such power. At first it was horrific to hear. Then I admired her so much for her fearlessness that I wished we could all say it! But it's not something I'll be using or recommending to my granddaughters. ;)

Charlene Sands

Thursday 5th of June 2014

Amen to that! I love it and I WISH we could say those phrases in polite company. Oh...but it's still so true!

Janie Emaus

Thursday 5th of June 2014

I guess the more we say it, the more accepted it will become. Right?

Michelle Roth

Thursday 5th of June 2014

I'm totally with you on this one. A display strength and/or bravery isn't a gender based thing. I completely dislike that saying. We need to find something gender neutral.

I'm going to have to think on this.

Janie Emaus

Thursday 5th of June 2014

Please let me know what you come up with.

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Thursday 5th of June 2014

Can't wait to see the look on my husband's face when I tell his vulva Rocks when takes the garbage out!!!

Janie Emaus

Thursday 5th of June 2014

LOL! Let me know his reaction.

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