The Empress’s New Clothes

The Traditional Tale:

An Emperor orders a suit of clothes that are invisible to anyone who is incompetent or stupid. The emperor can’t see the clothes, but is so afraid of being judged incompetent or stupid that he pretends to be delighted with the garments and “wears” them in a parade through town. All the onlookers pretend to see them too, until a child yells out, “He hasn’t got any clothes on!”

The Modern Version:

An aging woman, dressed in rags, ambles through crowded streets, feeling invisible, like a second class citizen.

Suddenly, she hears a ruckus from where she just came. Glancing over her shoulder, she sees a little girl, pointing to her in amazement.

“That’s the Empress!” the little girl squeals repeatedly to her mother.

The mother starts to scold the girl until she realizes her daughter is telling the truth.  She passed by this disheveled woman many times, but never before recognized her magnificence. A crowd gathers, whispering beneath their breath, staring at the Empress with awe and admiration.

At that moment, the woman in rags realizes she’s not a second-class citizen, but a noble Empress who’s been brainwashed since birth to believe she’s powerless. Until this moment, she had been oblivious to that fact.

That’s when the Empress recognized a deeper truth. That little girl didn’t just free the Empress, but all women from the paralyzing premise of female inferiority.

The Interpretation:

The two versions represent the basic differences between men and women. For the most part, men walk through life, assuming they’re competent, everyone knows it and they feel entitled. Women assume they’re less than, everyone sees it and we feel second class.  While men fearlessly assert their power, we fearfully project it onto others (often men).

The Moral:

When women finally own their power and magnificence, both sexes will be liberated to be their authentic selves.

What can you do right now to let your authentic self shine? Leave me a comment below.

Comments & Feedback

  • Jen

    This is such an excellent post. I’ve never been a wallflower and certainly made a lot happen in my life, however, I was not in my full feminine power. I work in tech with men mostly so little did I know that I was way too much in my masculine side and not acknowledging my feminine self. I have just realized this in my mid 50’s and now am working to find out how to be a fully acknowledged woman while still being a director in business. At least I now know what needs to happen and am on a search for good resources to help support my journey (all suggestions welcome!) At least my efforts so far have brought me to a place here I can enjoy dresses and have even opened myself up to a boyfriend. Seeing younger women living in their masculine side too much is just painful to watch but I totally get how society supports this.

  • Suzy

    Thank you Barbara…… you consistently help me by changing my mind
    much love to you. Suzy x

    • barbara huson

      You are so sweet, Suzy. I’m so glad to know my work has been helpful and insightful to you!!

  • Lisa

    Hi Jen,

    I’ve worked as an IT Engineer for many years, too. I sometimes lead a team of 17 men from all over the world. I’ve been mastering feminine energy over the last five years.

    Although perceived as masculine, money is a big part of feminine energy. It aligns with one of the core feminine principles which is abundance. A woman is living in her higher feminine energy and can live her purpose when she’s not living in a state of lack or not enoughness. She is not desperate and never needs anything from anyone.

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