Recently, I purchased an old issue of Darling Magazine for the first time and it completely resonated with me. I have written about this many times, but I've always been a little defensive about being too cutesy or dainty. I am a cheery, optimistic person on most days and I really enjoy things like flowers and tea in spite of being a feminist.
Originally I bought the magazine just for design inspiration but after reading it, I felt content and validated in all sorts of ways. It reminded me of this quote by Zooey Deschanel, which emphasizes that being aware of (and celebrating) beautiful things isn't weak - it's bold and it is part of being a human being. One might say that covering it all up with apathy would be the weaker choice.
Regardless of gender, I think it all comes down to the idea that we should just embrace who we are and what we love. Thanks for inspiring me, Darling Mag! (ps, their blog is amazing.)