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  1. morongoblondblog December 5, 2014 at 6:32 am

    This is perhaps one of the posts i shall tuck away and read several times, Wendy. I firmly believe that women who write must be brutally honest in dealing with their own life experiences if they are to truly advance the cause of women in the modern world. You do that. I recently had a discussion with one my closest friends, a prosecutor who deals with violent sexual predators. She is also a great fan of my writing–but not my strange fantasy novel The Green Woman. She was deeply disturbed by the way it portrayed the exploitation and violence directed toward women. She would have had less problems with the book if my character had been a true historical figure as in my other books, but by making her into a mythic creature, I placed her abuse in a timeless context, rather than a historical one which would have allowed the reader to distance herself from the brutality i portrayed. I now realize my result was not accidental, although the bizarre means of its expression alarmed me as much as it did my friend. When I read your reflections about the popularized Anne the Bitch , I, too, think of my own childhood experiences. I remember being called opinionated, outspoken, self-centered, bossy –accused of having a ‘high opinion of myself’ and ‘big ideas.’ Those comments came from my mother, not my father and that made them worse. .It took a long time–wasted years –while I discovered a need to be liberated from the role into which I had been cast by others. The great tragedy of my life was the grief expended thinking of myself as a woman who should have been born a man. Your post was refreshing and provocative.

    • wendyjdunn December 5, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Thank you, dear Linda! Poet Muriel Rukeyser once wrote: ‘What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open’. That was written in 1968 – and unfortunately it is still a call to remind women of our need to speak up about the truths of our lives. Sigh – my heart tells me the world needs to split open so we can rewrite the narratives for a future where women and men walk side by side as equals. Looking forward to reading Green Woman!

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