Very pleased to be on Barb Taub’s blog today writing about an issue that, as a woman, as a mother, and as a feminist is so important to me.
Rape: does writing about it contribute to rape culture?
Recently I reviewed Heliotrope by JC Miller, a wonderful book set in the Seventies. But it started me thinking about my own life as a young woman back then. Our older sisters and brothers had militantly fought gender and racial equality’s battles, so we were pretty sure that all we had to do was reap the benefits. We would be the first truly equal generation—earning equal pay, respect, and opportunity. We wouldn’t have to hold back or miss any opportunities because they might not be “safe”. Oh, and we’d finish passing the Equal Rights Amendment, and have control of our bodies, our lives, and our flying cars.
I had four children and wanted those things for them. Forty years later, my brand new grandchild is still waiting. As I wrote last year (This time I knew it was going to hurt), few of us have escaped…
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