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Saturday, January 29, 2011

In Journal on January 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Have more ideas for the required genres.  For drama, I’m thinking of writing a skit based on an observation that is somewhere around 7 years old…but I wrote it in a journal I was keeping at the time!  I was driving down Wycliff Road in the neighborhood I grew up in.  In the space of two city blocks, I saw three women doing three separate things that blew my mind a little bit at the time.  One was pushing a Ford Bronco, of all vehicles, while a man of comparable size and strength sat in the driver’s seat steering.  Another seemed to be shooing a young man away from her space as she tried to get a lawnmower to do her will.  She was really tearing into that thing.  The other incident I will have to look for in the journal.  The tricky thing about this- how do I commend women for being anything but stereotypical without reinforcing the stereotypes themselves?

At the time, I was relating the observation to women’s experiences  in sub-Saharan Africa.  I think this was around the same time that Oprah’s school in South Africa was getting a lot of (good) publicity, and I had been reading editorials on the crucial roles African women are playing in the revitalization of their respective countries.

With so much time passed between then and now, and with a lot less naivete about how well we really are in this country, I think I could make a point that will hit much closer to home for me and my classmates.  Well, maybe not a point exactly, but at least hold up a mirror to what it’s actually like to be an American woman.



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Journal on January 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm

As usual, I have said something aloud only to find that it doesn’t sound as good as I thought it would.  Whatever point I thought I had to make with my little “Death of the Butterfly” story now seems extremely fuzzy.  Am going to do it anyway.  Maybe the piece could be a statement on post-modernism.  You’re free to do whatever you like… but are you really!?!  I have always thought of Woolfe’s “Death of the Moth” as her way of commenting on the external, societal barriers that were preventing women in her generation from living full lives.  Would like to attempt to do something similar, except we are obviously not living in Victorian England.  Now that we have so many choices, what does that mean?  Is that success in itself?

I wish Betty Friedan was still walking the earth and I had her phone number.


Monday, January 24, 2011

In Journal on January 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

My very first (online) journal entry.  I think this will serve to pull me a little closer to the middle of the technological spectrum.  Am thinking of writing the creative nonfiction piece first for writing class.  I would like to try the “butterfly incident” out on paper.  This winter we had a butterfly stop on our front porch, my husband’s finger specifically, and he or she stayed with us for two days until he/she died.  It reminded me of Virginia Woolfe’s The Death of the Moth.  Except kind of the opposite… that moth couldn’t escape the window, while our little butterfly had no external barriers.  Just whatever was going on inside of him.