"You're doing too much."
Well, maybe the problem is sir, that you're not doing enough.
After making her return to tennis following a taxing maternity hiatus, our personal (s)hero, Serena Williams, was surprised by a grandiose gesture of support during her drive through Palm Springs on Tuesday.
Serena's husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian just made it necessary for every man in America to step his game up when it comes to celebrating their women. Ohanian rented out four billboards that featured pictures of Serena and her baby girl, Alexis Olympia, that read "G.M.O.A.T: Greatest Momma of All Time," and it is the cutest thing you'll see all day:
It's a phrase that Ohanian has told the tennis star before, on their wedding as a matter of fact. According to UsWeekly, Ohanian told his bride on their special day:
"You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport. And everything that I have done, everything that I am so proud of in my career, and in my life, for the last 34 years, pales in comparison to what we're doing today."
Can somebody get me a tissue?
Ohanian's display of affection is a reminder that maybe we're not asking for too much, we're asking the wrong person. The dated stigma that women are "too demanding" has finally reached an expiration date and it's time for us to replace this problematic notion with FACTS: Girl, you deserve it all.
Tinder, Plenty Of Fish, and all of the other forms of social media dating have desensitized us to the point where it makes me personally question if my old school standards of courtship and chivalry are outdated. Recently, a guy that I was dating told me that I was beautiful, but immediately followed with, "But, I'm not trying to boost your head up." I smiled and proceeded to delete his number.
Some will say I overreacted, but I know who I am. I know that I deserve to be boosted. I'm freaking dope. Did I miss the memo when it became a negative thing to compliment and express affection toward the woman you're involved with? For a long time, I worked with what was given to me and felt unfulfilled.
However, I am now at a point in my life where it is a priority that I am celebrated, not tolerated.
We're all guilty of "forcing it" at least once in our lives. Forcing something that's not meant to be because we feel too insecure to seek something else, and possibly discover something better. It's 2018 and I'm claiming it: I want a love like Alexis Ohanian.
Is it really so old-fashioned that I expect a man to show some effort before I show him my sacred places? Society constantly challenges our motives and intentions as women, and we are consequently pushed into submission by societal norms and settle for less than we deserve.
If you don't determine your value, someone else will do it for you. Ohanian and Williams welcomed their baby girl last September and had a lavish dream wedding in New Orleans last November. It's refreshing to know that when you've found the right one, the honeymoon doesn't have to end.
Embarking on a comeback tour after labor complications and nearly dying only solidifies that she is superwoman. Her husband's act of kindness is symbolic of the love and support that we all, as superwomen in our own right, deserve.
Consider your options. Know that you have the power to weigh them. Take it from Serena, you deserve to feel special.
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