July 3, 2014
Trista Hendren, author of The Girl God and Mother Earth, has invited me to join the #mywritingprocess blog tour, a great opportunity for writers to discuss their work and connect with one another, and for readers to take a peek behind the scenes. Here are my answers to four questions about my writing process:
July 1, 2014
In her book Right-Wing Women, Andrea Dworkin includes a chapter called “The Coming Gynocide.” For anyone relatively unfamiliar with patriarchy, its roots, and its modes of enforcement, this chapter might read like paranoid fantasy or conspiracy theory. In it, the author discusses the ways in which US policies surrounding sterilization, abortion, welfare, and in-vitro fertilization can and will come together to allow and enforce absolute governmental control of the uterus. This control will create a new version of what Dworkin terms the “farm model” of misogynistic control—a breeding ground, with its nexus in a scientific lab. The women who are subject to this control will not be white and middle-class—they will be low-income, African-American and Hispanic. Although I found much of Dworkin’s approach to feminist analysis bleak (she seems to leave little room for faith in humanity as a whole), her words haunted me yesterday, when the Supreme Court ruled that a corporation can deny health coverage to women in the name of the corporation’s religious freedom.