Removing abortion rights is but an interim goal to serve as a means toward achieving a much broader social and political end.
There is no such thing as especially a woman being ”over-educated” and only an obnoxious and “under-educated” man in 2022 would say that there is.
When I re-read what I wrote years ago, often I realize I had FORGOTTEN quite a lot of it. It is sometimes like reading a "new" book… and I may even find myself thinking both good and bad about it. ("Did I actually write THAT? Wow, that's great! Uh, no, did I write that, too? Geez, that could have been written differently.")
I don't write a woman any differently, really, than I do a man. I write women characters based on my own relationships, conversations, and related life observations and experiences...
That message to me from that reader is also no surprise in this sense: Insofar as I can tell, some "90 percent" of my readers have always been women.
Since starting my first book in 2012 I have also written many women, so how women are portrayed generally in novels (particularly by male writers such as myself) has become of great interest to me.
"Modernity" - its electricity, instant communications, machines, firepower, and medicines, including especially birth control - is what has been most responsible for the end of restrictive millennia-old roles allotted to women, and that process is ongoing.
I remember thinking also that I had gone to great lengths to write the women well (particularly the French women, who in our "Anglo-Saxon" literature are too often caricatured as nutcases, fiends, deviants, or "exotic"), and she had zeroed in on a man.
The best route to follow as a writer is always to be genuine. You will never please everyone. Let the reader chips fall where they may.
The notion of this president being defeated for re-election by a woman is simply delicious.
In 1820, thirty year old James Fenimore Cooper was challenged by his wife to do what he claimed he could do...
As you may know yesterday was International Women's Day. Being a man, I thought I should best be "quiet." My piling on with my male opinion was hardly necessary. Now that we are here the day after, I thought I would offer simply this: If you don't understand, the French there is the translation of … Continue reading “De Certains Droits Inaliénables”
I read none of my Conventions manuscript yesterday beyond glimpsing its cover on Instagram and here in my post about it. I'm taking a few days away from the late 1700s to clear my head before I delve into correcting it from the beginning. I think this is probably the first time in months I … Continue reading Day Of Rest
The highly regarded political polling and prediction site FiveThirtyEight reported the other day that if only men voted, Republican nominee Donald Trump would overwhelmingly defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton and win the U.S. presidency: However, the outcome would be vastly different if ONLY women voted. In that scenario, Clinton would, uh, thump Trump: If you are … Continue reading And If Only Humphrey Bogart Voted?
On Saturday morning I wrote how friends from Alaska (I was a student at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks briefly in the late 1980s) were due to visit with us here in Hertfordshire (about a 30 min train journey north from central London) for lunch. For three weeks, they had driven themselves all around southwestern England … Continue reading What Was Fashionable