What does it mean to be classy? Traditionally, a classy woman describes a person with a distinctive style who is kind, gentle, empathetic and giving. Also, class has meant being polite with good manners. Why have the desired qualities of classiness shifted to favoring a sassy woman? Before the turn of the century (2000), there was a collision of deeply ingrained social expectation: the public sphere belonged to men, the private sphere to women. Bold and gritty female behavior crossed invisible boundaries that many men and women considered unacceptable and crass. Times are changing! Here are five reasons why sassy has replaced classy.
With more fields opening for women to take on roles that were traditionally male-oriented, there are more opportunities and appreciation for women who express themselves in an energetic, straightforward and direct manner. Today, female ambitions to grow within non-traditional professions are resulting in successes.
Confidence is considered a strength in women
In the last century, showing confidence was often perceived as threatening to men. It is still the case in some environments. However, women who display their know-how and certainty backed with experience and evidence can more easily influence others. Authentic confidence comes from the inside.
There are plenty of options to express your unique style
A sassy woman decides what she wants her dress choices to convey and does so in a thoughtful way that communicates the appropriate style for her environment and authentic self. If you dress to feel good on the outside, it helps you feel more confident on the inside.
People appreciate open and honest communication
Dialogues must start with your attentive listening and full presence. Once girls turn the age of 10 or so, they begin unconsciously learning not to say what they have on their minds. They learn to be courteous, polite and avoid embarrassing themselves. As a result, women lose their ability to be outspoken and forthright. To be sassy, you’ve got to get a little bit of that back! When stating your ideas and opinions, infuse these with a good dose of grace to help others feel valued and respected.
Positive energy is fuel for being sassy
Energy brings life to any environment and reduces stress. Being fun and full of energy is about being present. Slouching over your phone, giving glazed-over looks or daydreaming doesn’t work. Instead, smiling, nodding, asking questions and using appropriate humor is all a part of bringing positive energy to the moment. Energy makes your sassiness both dynamic and attractive to others.
The time is now for women to respect themselves, respect others, and stand up for their ideas, values and contributions with energy, purpose and a distinctive style.