So from the title of my blog you may have got the idea that I’m a bit of a feminist. Now I hesitate at the word due to all the bad stereotypes it brings up, so for the record here is the dictionary definition for feminist (or rather for the word feminism).
Feminism: The doctrine — and the political movement based on it — that women should have the same economic, social, and political rights as men.
Not the scary women you see on T.V and in movies who race after any male (or any offending male in their minds) with baseball bats/clubs/crow bars etc.
Although truth be told I may have a little of that craving at a certain time of the month…. But I’m assured by many females that this is normal. Something to do with ‘no time for idiots’ *grin*. Anyway! Back to the topic.
I believe in equal rights. For ANYONE and to be honest I’d like it for animals too. The likelihood of that is slim but I am a staunch believer in animals rights. Just because we can’t speak their language, doesn’t mean they’re dumb.
When it came to my story I wanted to write a book that I could imagine inspiring me as a teenager. Not because it’s YA (it isn’t) but because what we read/watch as teens influences us so much. As a teenage I shunned
Melrose Place and 90210 and worshipped Buffy. No I wasn’t into the ‘dark and mysterious’ vampires – I loved the way she literally tackled living nightmares head-on, on a daily basis. Totally inspirational.
And I guess that’s what I hope my book might be able to do. I’m all for meeting your soul-mate (met mine at 18 – so not planned! 25 would have given me much more time to do naughty things *sigh*).
But I don’t understand why that should change you as a person into a weaker, needier version. This is what frustrates me so often when reading and watching Fantasy because they love to do that to the female lead. One minute she’s headstrong I can do anything then she meets her ‘soulmate’ and turns into a pathetic whimpering needy mess. Your actual soul-mate is someone who is your equal that compliments you.
I’d really love my book to inspire girls/women/anyone to be strong and independent.
You can still do this and have love, I do!
I think what many people don’t recognise is that there’s a huge difference between an independent person and a selfish person. For some reason they frequently get lumped together.
Okay rave over *grin*