I am nearly 50 and I just had my first manicure and painted my nails fire engine red. Why have I resisted this feminine ritual for so long? It is rooted in my personal ideals of gender and my inner need to prove that women are just as tough as men -- no well-manicured hands are going to keep me down.
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