Friday, December 19, 2014

What it feels like to be a girl

If you're a woman and happen to have turned the news recently, you might start to question whether or not you’re safe in the world today. At least, that is what crossed my mind recently, after watching (yet) another newscast where women’s issues seemed to be the top story.

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A teenager is raped at a party. Photos are taken and distributed to her peers. She is bullied – literally – to death when she later commits suicide. Her family is still fighting for her rights, just as they always had, but until her death, the local police seemed uninterested in lifting a finger to help.

A Canadian celebrity was recently arrested with four counts of sexual assault and although his employer is said to have been aware of his harassing behavior in the workplace, it was brushed aside. It took the very public voices of a few women – along with a great deal of public outcry – before anything was really done in this situation.

But wait! He’s not the only celebrity who has been in the media for assaulting women. Apparently a famous American comedian is as well and it seems that complaints about his alleged behavior have been ongoing for about…. 20 years or so?

A woman is killed by a man she was said to ‘have a relationship with’ and no one can understand why.

A Maritime university is dealing with several students who made some disturbing, misogynistic posts on a Facebook page.

Honestly, this stuff isn’t new. Bullying is not something new. Teenaged suicide isn’t new. Women that are murdered by their partners also aren’t something new. A celebrity pushing their weight around isn’t new… but why are we hearing about it every night on the news? And more importantly, shouldn’t things be improving not getting worse? Is that a bad sign?

At first, it kind of depressed me. I considered that perhaps women were being sent a message that our rights didn’t matter, but instead were being pushed into a small, cramped corner.

But then something made me change my mind. I recognized the fact that all these concerns were in the media and that some very strong, courageous women were making their voices heard, regardless of any kind of backlash from their community or the dreaded Internet trolls. I recognized that even if these women were being pushed into a corner, discouraged from speaking or being ignored by people in the position of power, they were pushing harder than ever before and not allowing the bullies of the world to win. And for that, I am proud.

Canadian author Mima is known for her complicated and diverse characters, a dark style and for never shying away from controversial topics. To request an interview or if you are interested in doing a book review, please send requests here  

Mima is the author of Fire and the prequel, A Spark before the Fire, as well as The Rock Star of Vampires  Her Name is Mariah and Different Shades of the Same Color. Join Mima on Facebook, TwitterG+ and Goodreads also, check out her Amazon Author Page

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