The Voices of Women: Exposure, Exploitation, Oppression, and Strength
Freeborn, Cassandra Lynn
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I tried to put myself in other women's situations. How might harassment in the work place cause a woman to feel she needs to be a "bitch" to gain respect? What would these different women's thoughts, reasons, and ideals be? How might their actions, or lack of action, look like an observer? Some women don't find fault in being strictly governed by religious doctrine. A poor, single mother's alcoholism might be understandable. For these pieces I chose to use first-person monologue, and to write from an observational third-person objective. The creative pieces I usually write tend to be full, frontal assaults on whomever I am angry at or whatever I am pissed off about. I took a large, scary leap and played around with quieter tones and passive voices in some of these works. These pieces are about women I have known or read about, some stories are based upon actual events, and some entirely fictional. Of course, because I am me, some of my feelings about these women and the way they have led their lives comes through. But, by diving deep within my own fiery emotions, and forcing myself to stop placing my judgment upon these women, I learned something important. Empathy; because even though I talk big, I too lack the strength to act out or speak up sometimes. enjoy privilege as a middle-class, white girl. However, as someone with a fairly open mind, I'd like to think I can understand what it must feel like to be someone else. But I've learned that many times I can't and I've learned I've still got a lot of learning to do.