Writer, Ranter, and currently collaborating on the book, All These Quiet Places.
Jen! Brilliant. Not just the thought, but the prose. I have a feeling you could write a grocery list that was compelling to read! Thank you for demonstrating what true feminism is about.
Marty, please know that I am quite free with my language when I feel it’s warranted for creative reasons, it’s not emotionally rooted. I mention this after reading your fanatstic thoughts on staying with logic/reason in debates. I truly agree with that as well. My rather liberal use of ‘cunt’, etc is specifically and deliberately aimed at the outrageous demand for restrictions on language that are hurled about by those who purport to have the backs of women who desire as well as require absolute freedom. I’m not ready to let go of wide open speech. I likely will never be. Thank you for your work. Truly. A voice like yours will be heard by many more than I could ever reach. Keep it up.
Jen, Twitter is not allowing me to send a DM. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙂
Sometimes the problem with expressing an opinion is that it makes one sound so “locked in”. I am what I term a “Gray”. I don’t live in the extremes of black and white because I know that most of life is about context. So when I criticize people for using that type of language, its mainly criticism of people who say crude things without any redeeming thought. Just the other day I saw a string of posts just basically wishing horrible things would happen to these women they disagreed with–no discussion of the argument, just plain old, brutal, aggression. I won’t stand for that type of behavior. Its not about feminism, its about being a decent human being.
By contrast you use your language sparingly as spice for the soup. It punctuates the point and delivers an emotional gut punch. I have a funny story about the use of the word “fuck” that my daughter told me that I’ll share with you some day.
And I think you’re selling yourself short. Aside from the whole blogging angle, you have a very serious talent for writing. If you’re not a pro, you should consider it. Not blowing smoke. I’ve read hundreds of blogs, yours is a cut above.
I get you. Really. Well said and I agree with your stance on language. Can hardly wait to hear the ‘fuck’ story.
I love writing. Have done so professionally in the past. My style then was influenced by my desire to be widely read. I’ve thrown that horseshit out and now speak freely from my head much like I do in real life. Seems to be working well and I’ve fallen in love with my process. I’m always open to any criticism you may have now or in the future. Thank you, again.
Jen, I love your writing, and I am a big fan of falling in love with your own process. Only way out is through. I am looking forward to spending more time here. Thank you! ~ Phyllis
Thanks, Phyllis. I’m happy to have you here. ‘Only way out is through’ – excellent.
Hey! I wanted you to know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, hope you don’t mind. Check it out here: http://wp.me/p3Iwib-8Y. Keep up the great writing!
A pleasant read. Reminded me of the simplicity of thinking and writing. I would so totally enjoy an afternoon of coffee and conversation with you inside a bookstore. Looking forward to the next entry.
Cheers from Florida ~
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