More than once someone has told me that I have “ovaries”, the equivalent of a man’s “balls”, “brass set”. It was the genteel, gentile version of “chutzpah”, e.i. – unabashed boldness or guts.
The first time I heard the compliment was some time in the mid-nineties. My dearest Christopher Clark (r.i.p.) told me as much when I said or did something that he thought on the edge of acceptable feminine behavior. I found his remark hilarious and exhilarating all at once. That my personal power could be distinguished from a man’s yet as full of impact meant something of value. Especially coming from such a complex, funny, gifted and tortured guy.
Two decades later and I’m opinionated as ever! Perhaps even more so ~