Writing Draft: A Short Piece About Feminism

A Short Piece About Feminism

As I worked on this week’s writing prompt, Write A Short Piece About What ‘Feminism’ Is, I started digging deeper into various schools of thought on feminism. I came across notable feminists within those schools of thought, their work, and their various approaches for advocacy. And what I ultimately discovered, ironically, is that feminism is not essentially about women or femininity at all.

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Writing About Feminism

Writing About ‘Feminism’

Writing this week’s writing prompt is a bit easier than I thought it would be yet more time-consuming than I thought it would be… because once I started looking into what feminism is and isn’t and learning more about the stories and stances of notable feminists, I couldn’t stop. Their philosophies, theories, actions, stories, and work are compelling and have profoundly shaped our modern-day society. And I’m appalled I didn’t know more about most of the feminists I came across and their work much sooner. Or that the work they accomplished that I was familiar with wasn’t even a fraction of what they actually accomplished (and are still accomplishing) for future generations.

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Feminist Quote

Notable Feminist Statements

In yesterday’s post, I barely scratched the surface of what feminism is and isn’t. Yet, even so, it’s becoming more and more obvious that the “dirty F word”, “feminism,” needs to be considered more intently, and with a fresh set of eyes. Especially in the twenty-first century.

Below are some notable feminist statements. Do they match your own view of feminism in the twenty-first century? Do you think they represent how most people view feminism in the twenty-first century?

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What Feminism Is and Isn't

What Is and Isn’t ‘Feminism’?

Like most “isms” out there, “feminism” comes with a lot of baggage, a lot of preconceived notions and connotations, often making it a bad word, a term or designation to be avoided if one doesn’t want to seem too “radical” or attract too much negative attention. But why is that? Why is “feminism” such a polarizing term, even and especially for women who use it?

As I complete this week’s writing prompt, I’m going to continue to ask myself: what is and isn’t “feminism”? How is it being defined and by whom? Can there ever be some type of consensus about what feminism is? Or is there already one that just isn’t widely recognized?

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Writing Prompt: What is Feminism

Write A Short Piece About What ‘Feminism’ Is

Somehow “feminism” is still a “dirty F word” avoided in polite conversation, a radical word in most social circles and online groups. In the twenty-first century, it still remains on the outskirts of the most influential dialogues about women … even during Women’s History Month. But what exactly is “feminism”? And how should it be understood and defined in 2021? Has how we understood feminism over the past century or past few decades changed or evolved at all? Should it?

This week’s writing prompt for Daily Drafts & Dialogues: Write A Short Piece About What Feminism Is. To get started on this writing prompt, consider looking into the works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, Angela Davis, Kimberlé Crenshaw, bell hooks, Malala Yousafzai …

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An Imagined Dialogue Between Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter

An Imagined Dialogue Between Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter

Originally I planned to post this draft last Friday, for last week’s writing prompt. Let’s just say… some things happened that don’t usually happen and I was unable to do so, and I had to unexpectedly take a week off. I am happy to announce, however, that there will be some important additions and enhancements coming to the blog soon, which will significantly enhance its value, quality, and focus. So keep an eye out.

Now, as far as the draft below is concerned, it is indeed rough. Very rough. I could spend months on this draft and still feel as if it needed more work. But the point of completing Daily Drafts & Dialogues writing prompts every week is to keep myself writing every week, every day and allows me to take a break from my other writing work and keep my creative juices flowing.

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Writing a Dialogue Between Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

Writing a Dialogue Between Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

For this week’s writing prompt, I decided to write a dialogue between Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter, Mary Shelley. And if I’m being honest, executing such a feat at a more profound level could very well take weeks, if not months. These women have such unique and daring histories and stories and are each audacious and brilliant as individuals. Although they do also have so many similarities that it’s easy to get their legacies and stories confused sometimes. But since I’m only requiring myself to write a draft, for now, I will do my best to imagine only one of what would surely have been many unique exchanges between these two women… if only Mary Wollstonecraft would have lived to see her baby girl grow into a woman.

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Quotes: Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley on Women and Life

Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley on Women and Life

Below are some notable things that Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter, Mary Shelley said and or wrote when they were alive. These two women were so similar in their ideals and personalities that the attributions for these quotes are often confused and inaccurately attributed to the Mary who didn’t actually say or write it. Or perhaps… Mary Shelley said or wrote similar things, often copying or emulating her mother.

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What Do You Know About Women and Philosophy?

What Do You Know About Women and Philosophy?

As I work on this week’s writing prompt: Write a Dialogue With a Notable Woman in History, I find myself finding more and more things to read, to get a firmer grasp on what a dialogue between Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley would have looked like if they had known each other once Shelley was grown. It’s interesting how there is so much out there about these two women that isn’t as well known or regarded in history or philosophy books. 

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Write a Dialogue With a Notable Woman in History

Write a Dialogue With a Notable Woman in History

Have you ever read an autobiography or biography of someone famous or notable in history and wondered what it would be like to have a conversation with them? Or wondered what questions you would ask them if you were able to talk to them one-on-one? If given the opportunity, what would you ask women in history like Ada Lovelace or Hypatia or Harriet Tubman or Eleanor Roosevelt? 

For the second week of women’s history month, and to honor International Women’s Day today, I want to imagine what it would be like to have a dialogue, or conversation, with a notable woman in history. Or to imagine what it would be like to witness a dialogue between two notable women in history who have never met. For instance, what would a dialogue between Dorothy Vaughan and Harriet Tubman look like or entail?

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