Just a quick introduction before y’all lovingly spam my inbox with concern (for which I am grateful, truly), please remember; writing is my therapy.
Therapy, for the most part, isn’t a pretty, neat nor tidy package.
It can often be ugly, raw, messy.
This is what this piece of writing is. And for this I make no apologies, not this time, I’m sick of apologising for how I feel. I’m sick of disclaimers (which ironically in its essence is what this is) for how I feel. Just know that this piece of writing reflects where I’m at this week, this singular week. It is not my perennial state.Read More
I received the invitation from my friend Brett ‘Fish’ Anderson (please check out his amazing and diverse blog; Irresistibly Fish, you will not be disappointed) , to contribute an article to his series on Parenting, whilst I was smack bang in the middle of hosting my own magnificent personal pity party, all in honour of my perceived parental failure. So my initial response to the email was not exactly enthusiastic, more along the lines of: ‘OH HECK NO! What advice can I offer anyone?’
It’s fast approaching a year since the #YesAllWomen movement started. A movement that gave voice to those who had been rendered voiceless. A movement that shed light on the alarming prevalence of sexual and physical violence that almost every woman worldwide has experienced to some degree.
Almost one year on, and nothing has changed.
Women are still being raped.
Women are still being murdered.
This is occurring simply because some men insist on viewing women as being less human than they are, less worthy of respect.
So while ever violence against women remains a thing, I will not keep quiet!
NO I will not “just be silent and allow the rape”, as the victim-blaming, convicted gang rapist and murderer Mukesh Singh, suggested in a recent documentary.Read More