I’m sitting here at my desk trying to take all these thoughts, all these feelings, all these facts and statistics I’ve read, and all these conversations I’ve had, within the last 48 hours, as well as the encounters, the defining moments, I’ve personally experienced the last 27 years of my life, and turn them into some poignant piece that will rock your world. A piece that will emotionally move you, yet resonate with your rationale. A piece that will make you change your way of thinking.
And I find I am overwhelmed.
I am overwhelmed by the realization that I cannot achieve such a feat as to convince those that their way of thinking is incorrect. The logical side of me, the lover of political sciences, the reader of the works of great men and women, the researcher of historic movements and patterns, the loyalist to the Constitution, says this is not only impossible but unpatriotic. For our differences of thinking have given way to some of the most fundamental ideas and movements which have developed our great nation. And the emotional side of me is trying to calm my frustrations and anger, and accept that no matter how many facts, statistics, quotes, essays, speeches, articles, or case studies I throw people’s way in support of my words, some people will not be swayed to even have a conversation conducive to finding similarity and camaraderie within and despite our differences.
I am overwhelmed by the immensity of all I am thinking, and feeling, and trying to put them into words which do them justice.
I am overwhelmed by the fact that this is going to anger some people, some in particular who are close to me, or even related to me.
I am overwhelmed that I have lived so long thinking I was informed only to be brutally awakened to reality by the election of 2016.
I am overwhelmed by how small I feel in the wake of a movement that was so grand, yet dampened by half of our society’s acceptance of our situation because in comparison to other nations, or even our own nation 100, 50, even 25 years ago we’re doing “better.”
And I am overwhelmed by the insecurities and self-doubt that creep through my conscience even as my heart and head are telling me I am not wrong.
Then, I look to my left and I see my bookshelf, and certain titles catch my eye.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
The Girls of the Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin
FIfty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeline Albright
and finally Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
And once again as I have always been, I am calmed by my books. All books written by women. Whether this is a result of the movement being at the forefront of my thoughts, or pure coincidence I do not care. For it is all I need to bring clarity to the chaos of my inner turbulence.
So, here we are.
I originally was going to write one post but instead of writing one piece that is convoluted with facts, emotions, and so many different aspects all relating to women’s inequality and the current situations of today, I’ve decided to break it down into six weeks, each with a new theme, all at the core dealing with women and our continuing fight for equality. These six themes aren’t new, they aren’t ground breaking, they aren’t revolutionary… but their redundancy is necessary as made obvious by the explicit fact that they are still prevalent in our country today. However, I will be putting a slight spin on them bringing to light one of the things I talk about, write about, think about, and read about on a day to day basis: sex. For although it is often viewed as a crass, still even taboo, word, in reality it is multifaceted with many different applications, and fits quite nicely into each of my pieces.
The six pieces will go as follows:
Let’s Talk About the March of the “Fairer” Sex
Let’s Talk About History & Sex
Let’s Talk About Society’s Views on Women & Sex
Let’s Talk About Sexism in the Workplace
Let’s Talk About Sexual Assault
Let’s Talk About Sex & Romance Novels
Some weeks are going to be more emotional than others, because they will include some personal experiences, but all weeks will be supported with scholastic research, written with my normal hint of humor (when appropriate of course), and only political when relevant to the piece.
I hope you’ll follow along.