Who Are You?
That's the big question, isn't it?
As American women, we're free to define ourselves in a myriad of ways. We complain
about media ideals of female perfection, but we live in a culture that prizes individuality
and self-direction, and allows us a plethora of choices about where to go, what to
do, who to hook up with, and how to live. Though "finding yourself" is
not the obsession it used to be, identity is the key to making these choices. Defining
ourselves from the inside out is a task we work at time and again as we process our lives as women.
So who are you, and who are you not? How are you like your contemporaries, and how
are you different? What defines you as a woman? What do you take from the culture's
stereotypes, and what do you leave by the wayside?
This issue of Moxie is filled with stories about what it's like to grow up female
in China, Haiti, South Africa, Eastern Europe, Britain, or the Middle East. It includes
the story of a woman whose identity is lost to the role she plays as a trophy girlfriend,
another whose sense of self falters when she stands on the brink of motherhood, and
one who becomes an instant celebrity when she kicks the goal that wins the Women's
World Cup Championship.
As you choose the direction you will travel at the cusp of the millennium, we hope
that these stories will help you draw on the energies of the wolf at the wheel of
the roadster on our front cover, and put yourself in the driver's seat, like the
woman you'll find on the back.
Copies of the Millennium Issue of Moxie, On Identity, are available for $5
each. Order from Moxie Magazine, 1230 Glen Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708