I had the greatest conversation - well technically - 'chat' - with my new friend Nancy (Thanks Nancy!) last night about 'Everywoman'. and what that means is that all woman are linked in so many ways. In our case we seem to have domestic abuse and insensitive ex-husbands in common, as well as fathers to their children that seem to manipulate their own children. And then of course there is that wonderful issue of shame and blame for having put ourselves through what we went through - (and just how many women out there are reading this right now and nodding along?)
The more I write and the more I speak and the more people I meet the bigger this gets and the more amazed I am that there is this GIGANTIC bubble surrounding a class of people. I wrote my first novel - PRIVATE SCARS - about a middle class white woman who had no idea what happened to her - and that is a story about 'everywoman' -I wish I knew how to get it into the hands of every 15 year old white middle class American girl who thinks she owned the world. I have had teenagers pick up the book and tell me they read it in one night - they couldn't put it down. If they are haunted by the images - Good! They should be!
Why don't we teach girls about - Not happily ever after? Why do all fairy tales end with Prince Charming and that darn white horse? And why is it that the only best selling abuse stories come from the rich and famous? What about everywoman?
Causes Brenda Youngerman Supports
House of Ruth
Missionaries of Charity