March 8, D-2.
Reflecting about women in writing.
I think we are at the dawn of a new era.
I first want to thank to all the men who are able to be supportive for others - including female writers.
I've been lucky to work with a few of them, in the sea of competitive, jealous and controlling others.
We should always focus on the positive, beautiful outcomes of our lives.
Then I'm sorry for all the other men who are too afraid to do so... To support others, even when themselves are successful, to respect others and their views.
Creativity is not a threat to others. Creativity also implies taking a risk. To create, you need to be ready to add your voice.
But those types of male behaviours, fearful of us, ladies, and controlling, belong to the past now, simply.
Yesterday I had a deeply interesting conversation with a former soldier in the FLN army, an Algerian freedom fighter, who spent years in French prisons during the Algerian war. He wrote two books to leave his legacy, decades after the events. And he was so respectful, kind and insightful. And such a feminist. A 80 years old! It was really a source of great comfort.
While I was writing my recent book on Bristol, I was also discouraged by women themselves. A good friend of mine kept repeating: "why don't you write about a woman?"
Because, my friend, freedom and equality are about being able to choose freely what you want to do, not to be told where your battles should be. Thank you for your unwanted advice.
In order to celebrate this special week - as WOMEN, all women on this planet meaning more that half of humanity, are celebrated with ONE day, March 8, I will quote this article by this author and Guardian columnist:
'Women are better writers than men': novelist John Boyne sets the record straight
I don't actually believe than women are NATURALLY better writers than men. Or better parents, better teachers, better leaders or whatever you want. They just deserve their chance like any human being, women or not, and should not face more obstacles than men when defending their simple, basic rights.
But still, have a good read!
'Women are better writers than men': novelist John Boyne sets the record straightMale authors are always pronouncing their own brilliance – or boasting about not reading books by women. So, after a lifetime of writing and attending literary festivals, John Boyne would like to get something off his chest …
Do you know what the literary tea towel is? It’s an Irish phenomenon that can be found hanging in half the pubs of Dublin and all the tourist shops. Also taking the form of a calendar, a beer mat, a T-shirt and a poster, the tea towel features images of 12 great Irish writers, most of whom look as if they’ve spent the morning drowning puppies.