Sunday, October 24, 2010

Are you a Marilyn or a Jackie?

Allure Magazine has an article this month listing some differences between Marilyn and Jackie. They call these two women "polar opposites", highlighting everything from their diets to quotes from JFK. Gazing at the images of these women really made me ask the question, "am I a Marilyn or a Jackie?" Is the question "are you smart, ambitious, well educated and respected?" or "are you sexy, powerful, playful, and desired?".  Is it that simple? Can you be both? I found this quiz

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else?

And I'm...drum roll please

You Are a Bette!

You are a Bette -- "I must be strong"
Bettes are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.

How to Get Along with Me
  • * Stand up for yourself... and me.   
  • * Be confident, strong, and direct.   
  • * Don't gossip about me or betray my trust.    
  • * Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.   
  • * Give me space to be alone.   
  • * Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don't flatter me.   
  • * I often speak in an assertive way. Don't automatically assume it's a personal attack.   
  • * When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that's just the way I am.
What I Like About Being a Bette   
  • * being independent and self-reliant   
  • * being able to take charge and meet challenges head on   
  • * being courageous, straightforward, and honest   
  • * getting all the enjoyment I can out of life   
  • * supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me   
  • * upholding just causes
What's Hard About Being a Bette   
  • * overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don't intend to   
  • * being restless and impatient with others' incompetence   
  • * sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it   
  • * never forgetting injuries or injustices   
  • * putting too much pressure on myself   
  • * getting high blood pressure when people don't obey the rules or when things don't go right
Bettes as Children Often   
  • * are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit   
  • * are sometimes loners   
  • * seize control so they won't be controlled   
  • * figure out others' weaknesses   
  • * attack verbally or physically when provoked   
  • * take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings
Bettes as Parents   
  • * are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted   
  • * are sometimes overprotective   
  • * can be demanding, controlling, and rigid

To be honest, this quiz is pretty right on..a little scary actually.

So I guess I'm not a Marilyn or  a Jackie...but I'll take a Bette anyday!


  1. just got that book! excited to read it :) nice blog

  2. Thanks Abigail! You'll have to let me know if the book is good!!