We thought there was something deeply wrong with us and any time we succumbed to the temptation to be ourselves, we felt the strong pangs of shame and guilt reminding us how twisted we were. Social programming is so pervasive and implants itself in your psyche to such an extent, that it takes many of us decades to remove its influence on our self image. Therefore, eliminating shame and guilt becomes paramount if you are to live comfortably inside your own skin but it is by no means an easy feat. Something I know personally all too well.
When all else fails, just ask yourself this simple question: is there something shameful about being a woman? I certainly hope not.