January 25, 2007

Language, Language

Our language is male-centric. Our society is child-centered. Mardy S. Ireland, PhD, sociologist and author of the book: Reconceiving Women: Separating Motherhood from Female Identity, believes that the female experience and unconscious are not fully represented in our language. No duh!

She further believes that...

"...only through writing, can women claim their own destinies."
Purple WomenTM and their friends are doing it right here. That's what this blog is for. Creating our own definition, our own color nomenclature, is empowering, and so is writing about our experience. Perhaps that's why there are so many women bloggers -- mommy or not.

Childfree women have a challenge or two in carving their own niche. We are all so different in our interests, our hobbies and our pursuits. This fact always amazes me when I get together (yes, in person) with a group of childfree women. I'll give you this: we are not boring. We are the rebels, the third wave feminists (intentional or not), exploring the outer reaches of what it is to be female.

In what way are you a rebel?


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4 comments:

twiga92 said...

This is a small thing, but I grew up in a conservative home where drinking and dancing were not allowed. As an adult, I've found that I don't like the taste of alcohol but I do like "fruity" drinks such as wine coolers. That is my own little way of being a "rebel". That and not bending to society's mindset that you have to have children if you're married.

AlphaGirl said...

I'm not so much of a rebel as I am a person who knew early on that kids were not for her and who charted her future accordingly.

Of course, in this narrow culture of ours, any deviation from the "norm" might be seen as rebellious.

Miss Kris Dove said...

I'm a rebel because in addition to being childfree, I'm a pierced and tattooed, atheist, vegan animal rights campaiger who hates our consumerist, capitalist culture. Phew.

I'm a rebel with a cause though- I think there's a helluva lot wrong with our society's norm.

Teri said...

You GO Girl!!! Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts. You are welcome here.

I have often been disatisfied with our culture. How do we affect change? How long will it take? How do we deal with judgements on a day to day basis? These are difficult questions. The first step is to rebel, but if we want the other side to listen, that may take something more than manners!