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3 Reasons Why There Is A Selina Kyle In Every Woman Waiting To Come Out

3 Reasons Why There Is A Selina Kyle In Every Woman Waiting To Come Out

Yes, There Is A Selina Kyle In All Of Us Waiting To Come Out.

Selina Kyle is a fictional character who plays Catwoman in the Batman comic series.  In the 1992 movie, Batman Returns, Michelle Pfeiffer plays the character of Selina Kyle.  Selina Kyle is a nice, sweet, law abiding young woman who is constantly being treated badly by men.  After being pushed out of a window and left for dead by her corrupt and chauvinist boss, Kyle comes back to life, snaps and has a mental breakdown, and then becomes the supervillain Catwoman for the rest of her life.

One of the best scenes in the Batman Returns movie is where Selina Kyle staggers back to her house after almost being murdered by her boss.  After being "licked" back to life by thousands of stray cats while she lay in pools of her own blood, Selina walks into her kitchen, grabs a milk carton, and starts drinking messily from it.  She then starts breaking all the cutesy, girly, pink stuff she has all over her house and spraying it black with a can of spray paint.  Kyle then sits down to sow her black vinyl Catwoman costume.  She has officially snapped and changed sides from "good" girl to "bad" girl.

I feel like there is something so powerful about this kitchen scene where Selina walks in half dead and switches sides from good girl to bad girl.  I think it's powerful because every one of us can relate to it.  To learn the three reasons why there is a Selina Kyle in all of us ladies, and why it can actually be good to have a "Selina Kyle moment", please keep reading.

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Have you ever felt like you were just long over due for a nice mental SNAP?  Have you ever had one of those days where you just felt like, I've had so many bad days, and I am so over worked and so mentally exhausted, that I think I'm changing sides from nice girl to supervillian today?  I've had so many of those moments, and I had one really recently too.

Maybe it was getting a speeding ticket on my way to church on daylight savings Sunday - you can read more about that here:  That Time I Got A Speeding Ticket Going To Church On Daylight Savings Sunday.  Or maybe it was my recent, way too short, completely chaotic family vacation where I forgot to pack half the stuff we needed and came back home more sleep deprived than when I left.  Maybe it was the discouragement of not making what I needed to from my work-at-home efforts - see my post, 8 Action Steps To Take When Someone Makes You Want To Quit Blogging, if you are feeling discouraged about blogging too.  Or maybe it was my husband saying another insensitive thing to me while I was feeling emotional.  It was probably everything combined.

Here's where I am going with this: I am entitled to my Selina Kyle moment, and so are you.  We are entitled because we are women, and that poor, trampled over Selina Kyle is in all of us.  Below I am going to list three reasons why there is a Selina Kyle waiting to snap in all of us and why a mental breakdown can actually be good for us.

1.  She's overworked and underpaid.

Before Selina Kyle snapped, she was working as an underpaid secretary for a corrupt and greedy business man.  She was constantly working, yet also barely getting by, living in a tiny hovel of an apartment.  In short, she was overworked and underpaid.  And so are most women.

I am a stay at home mom as well as a work at home mom, and I can tell you I have been long overdue for a raise for a while now.  This is a raise that I know is never coming.  Moms and women in general are never "off duty".  As a mom of three littles and a wife, I am on duty and on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and on vacations, which I rarely, if ever, even get. 

Being overworked and underpaid leads to mental snapping.  This is one of the reasons that Selina Kyle snapped, and it is one of the reasons why I snap occasionally.  Being underpaid is a result of being underappreciated for the work you do, and nothing is more angering than being underappreciated for a very long time.  For women, being overworked and underappreciated is pretty much the story of our lives. 

2.  She has a love-hate relationship with men.

You know what else is fascinating about Selina Kyle?  She has a love-hate relationship with Batman, and men in general.  Many scenes in the movie show her trying to harm Batman, yet it is also clear she has a serious crush on him.  She also teams up and works with Penguin, but it is clear that she completely despises him.  Before she became Catwoman, she was constantly trying to earn the approval of her corrupt boss, even though she must have completely hated him. 

I think that most of us women have a love-hate relationship with men too.  As women we are instinctively hard wired to desire the true love of a man.  Unfortunately, all too often, the process of finding a man and loving a man comes with a lot of hurt and emotional highs and lows as well.  So, like Selina Kyle, most women have a really complex  love-hate relationship with men, and this can also lead to those Selina Kyle moments. 

3.  She wants it all.

Selina Kyle discovers her alter ego, Catwoman, after she is almost murdered and has a complete mental breakdown as a result.  The woman that blossoms under this Catwoman persona is very interesting.  Catwoman likes the glitz and glam of stolen jewels and late night heists, yet she also seems to long for a quieter and simpler life with Bruce Wayne.  

I think as women we want it all too.  I am a perfect example of this.  I want to be a great mom.  I want to be a great cook and keep a super neat house.  I want to be a rocking boss babe that helps pay to the bills.   I want to be a sexy vixen that makes my husband weak every time he sees me.  I want it all, and wanting it all and trying to do it all can get very draining and exhausting, let me just tell ya.  For this reason too, it is inevitable that we will all have our Selina Kyle moments. 

If you feel like you are having a Selina Kyle moment, then embrace it.  Selina Kyle moments can actually be good for you because they can help you learn new things about yourself, and they also help you get rid of things that are not working for you.  There is nothing better than throwing out the junk that is cluttering and hindering us emotionally.  It allows us a clean, fresh start.  So here's to many more Selina Kyle moments and many more fresh starts!

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