“A Man’s Right to Choose” is a project I’ve been working on and I’m super excited for it. I had the idea for it one day as I was walking around my neighborhood. Thoughts were swimming through my mind about how frustrated I was with the place of women in our society.
It is a compilation of short stories and poems that highlight the idea of men having more freedom to make choices in our culture than women. Each little excerpt highlights a different aspect in which men have more power than women.
I’ve found that we’re always focusing on women gaining rights. The whole pro-choice argument is about giving women dominion over their own bodies. We find it empowering to make choices and assert our independence, but what we rarely recognize is the amount of freedom to choose men have just because they are men. In some areas, they have too much freedom. For example, only three out of every one hundred rapists will serve time. Before you go saying women can rape too, men commit ninety-nine percent of rapes. Another fun fact, sixty percent of those men are Caucasian.
Some of the arguments I bring up is that we’re taught women have to be more conscious of the clothes we wear and how much we drink. We also have to be more conscious of who we sleep with and the reasons we do it. These types of choices are something men wouldn’t think twice about, but women don’t have that luxury because these choices have been taken from us by societal constructs.
I express this idea through several different voices and points of views. This was partially to show the universality of this experience for women and partly to expand my own mind. I love playing with point of view and thinking like other people.
The work is pretty classically feminist and by that I mean, it comes primarily from the oppressed female point of view. Sometimes I like to delve into the man’s point of view, like with my novel. But, this work comes more from a place of frustration, which I think is relevant.
I do believe it’s good to be understanding of the fact that our culture affects everyone, not just women, but there is also a place for passion and frustration. Those emotions give meaning to the oppression women face. It’s where our humanity comes from and it shows us why it is so wrong to elevate one sex over the other.
I’m working on self-publishing this work in the upcoming months. If it’s something you seem interested in, please, stay updated by following my blog or any of my other social media accounts that you see in my About Me section. I look forward to connecting with you. Thanks for reading!
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