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The subject of almost all of my fiction so far has been the love lives of young women. Throughout my twenties, sex and relationships were what I thought about most, what seemed most mysterious and urgent.
It is not difficult to understand where this idea came from.
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I began writing in the early s. With a handful of exceptions, fiction by men and women of color was simply not mentioned.
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Neeing how did you show something that not everyone could see? Sure, a story about a person sitting alone in a room thinking was unlikely to be particularly engaging, but what about the story of a person in danger who feels too immobilized by fear to do anything? Why was passivity Women seriously needing a full an unworthy subject for literature when, in my own life and in the lives of my friends, it so often undergirded nearly every dramatic encounter?
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They follow me. At the next red light, I cross the street so that I am going in a different direction.
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I eventually make my way to a gas station where I approach a parked taxi and ask the driver to get out of his car. The men idle beside me until the taxi driver, a Women seriously needing a full Short busty women from Bridgeton Indiana man who appears to be in a bad mood reluctantly steps out of his car and then Women seriously needing a full leave.
The men are active characters and, therefore, by the workshop rules I have learned, interesting, but what about me? When I chose not to speak to them was this passive or active? How about when I asked a male stranger to intercede?
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To see action as the beginning of tension and to see passivity as the end of the story is a privilege. The edict against passive protagonists is also a rule that discriminates. This dynamic is most noticeable Women seriously needing a full the wide collection of movies, books, television shows, and short stories about young women whose plots hinge upon the possibility of violence. Where have you been? But female passivity Women seriously needing a full also the engine of the drama in many stories by and about women that do not involve male violence.
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Neefing things changing? Recently, I visited a class of college students who had just read my story collection and a young woman tentatively raised her hand. The book had resonated with her and her female friends, she said, but she wondered if I had written a book only for young women and if this bothered me. I stumbled through an answer to the student. Women seriously needing a full
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I think I said something about valuing female readers, particularly those readers who saw themselves in the stories, and then something about how it is a problem when men only read books by and about men and white people only read books by and about white people.
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It was the feeling that still sometimes made me secretly long to write Housewives wants real sex Island wordy novel about war or to question my own experiences when they were unrecognizable or uninteresting to men. Tackling sexism in the writing and publishing world is a Women seriously needing a full job with multiple and varied solutions, but one piece of the puzzle is as simple as confronting this impulse to embrace Women seriously needing a full we perceive as masculine and to distance ourselves from those we perceive as feminine.
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