The question keeps coming up: Why do real women drink straight tequila? The easy answer is “um…well…um…” Actually, that’s the thing that came to mind when my editor posed this question in preparation for my first interview. Funny now. Not so funny then.
Tequila is an opiate, a party-hearty painkiller for the working class stiff in all of us. Sure, you can pretty it up a bit by drinking the high-end brands or slinging it to and from crystal containers…but in the end, it’s still tequila. Gut-wrenching, mind-numbing, eye-crossing tequila. So, why would a woman, real or otherwise, want to throw a splash of this vile nectar past her luscious lips?
Real women drink straight tequila because it makes a statement. It declares an attitude of someone willing to roll up her sleeves and dig into the mud of whatever needs to get the job done. She will bleed, she will sweat, she will slog on as the tears stream down her dirt-caked face until whatever is keeping her from what she desires—to have, to be—is out of her fervently feminine way.
In life, in love—wherever she may roam, a real woman drinks straight tequila because she has fought hard to get where she is and be who she is. From child rearing to running corporations, to placing the necessary bandage on our skinned hearts and knees—do not doubt the power of a woman. She has earned the right to do whatever she damned well pleases.
R. Mordant Mahon