"I don't want to be a girl."
July 24, 2014 10:03 AM Subscribe
A young girl's questions about the Boko Haram abductions reveal an increasing consciousness of a misogynist world. How can her mother—a survivor of kidnapping and abuse—respond?Lacy M. Johnson writes for Dame Magazine: "I Don't Want to Be a Girl."
[TW: graphic recountings of gendered violence]
Other work by Johnson includes:
- Her most recent book, The Other Side: A Memoir, excerpted here: one, two, three
- An interview with Alex Layman for Kirkus Reviews:
"I've found a way to be brave," she says proudly. "I'm not going to hide anymore, and I'm not going to stay silent. I'm not going to be ashamed of this story. I'm going to be outspoken and honest and talk about it to anyone who asks. That's a different type of justice."
- An interview with Melissa Chadburn for The Rumpus:
It's crazy how so many women lead the kind of double life you're talking about, where the price for feeling safe at home is vigilance in public. So many of us do it in a very automatic way; we must have learned it somewhere, how to carry our keys between our knuckles like that, how to listen for a rush of footsteps approaching from behind. Men don't get that same kind of education.
- Dirty Words, an autobiographical essay for Tin House:
I am sick of men like George F. Will, who can deploy this brand of rhetoric used by rape apologists — "she was asking for it" — without consequences. The misogyny and implied violence in that particular statement isn't even the most offensive thing about this column. The most offensive thing about this column isn't calling rape a form of "micro-aggression" or even the way he throws around the terms "victim", "victimization" and "victimhood", as if they mean the same thing. [...] What is most offensive, most sickening, about the recent column by George F. Will is how he positions himself as an authority on the experience of a woman he's never met.
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