Female Perspectives

We may have come a long way, baby, but there is still a long road ahead. In the news in the last few days we have schoolgirl kidnappings in Africa, a female executive of a major newspaper being fired for asking for equal pay with male
counterparts, the age issue and health issue being brought up for Hillary Clinton…oh, I could go on and on.
I am a woman who sits and ponders just what we won over the last fifty years.
Yes, we won the vote earlier in 1920. We finally rid ourselves of those discriminating employment ads with one type of job for men and another for women.
Divorce is easier now. Supposedly we won rights over our bodies, but I refer you back to the first paragraph of this rant if you think we feel like equal citizens.
In the interviews I’ve done for my latest bit of writing, THE NUN’S DRAGON, both
interviewers (also women) asked me about my emphasis on the female roles in the story. Nuns (who even today are told to get off the bus!) being controlled and judged by men in the church.
I said (as I always say) societies that evolved as patriachal need to put women down so the men can stay elevated. This is not an equal world. Created (in religion) by not an equal God.
Virginia Woolf said women would need their own income and a room of their own before they could compose works as sweeping in scope as male authors. But they also need eyes to read those works and minds to comprehend what they are saying. And maybe hearts to beat as one without gender counting the beats.

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About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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