First of all let me say that this is a non-post post. And no, I'm not playing linguistic, mind tricks on you. I'll explain.
A couple of weeks ago I read an article in The Guardian by the British journalist Charlotte Raven. In it she analysed the role of feminism today, not just in the UK but also worldwide, although her focus remained on British society and women within it. Her essay triggered off a whole set of feelings and emotions inside me which eventually threw up questions for which I, I'm sorry to say, had no answer. And yet I am glad I'm sorry. Is that a contradiction? No, I'm sorry that I did not find the responses to the various issues Charlotte raised in her article, however, that shortcoming has given me the opportunity to open up my blog to discuss her essay. And that's why I'm glad.
Let me tell you now how this will work. First, you need to read Charlotte's piece here. Then, if you want to take part in the debate about it, e-mail me at my address (it's in my profile). I have drafted five questions for the first five female bloggers who contact me after reading the essay. Five female bloggers, please. Why only women? Because I'd like to know your opinion about the piece. Of course, men are welcome to take part in this debate, but since the article concerns women, it's only natural that priority is given to femmes. Once I have received the message from the first five contributors, I will then respond to all of you at the same time. I will be using the Bcc field to avoid disclosing your e-mail addresses. The answers to the five questions will be published on Tuesday 20th April and Tuesday 27th April. Why almost a month after the original post, you're probably wondering? Because I will be leaving on holidays very soon and as a consequence will have very little access to my blog.
All replies will be unabridged. What you write is what I will post. I would really appreciate it if you could forward a very short bio, maybe just a couple of lines. Pics are optional, as I know some bloggers prefer to remain anonymous. If you do send a photo, please, do it in jpeg, tiff, giff or bitmap format, blogger doesn't accept pdfs. Your blogs will be linked at the beginning of each biography. If you want to reproduce the content of my two posts, plus this introductory one, feel free to do so.
Simple, isn't it? Well, get writing. As I mentioned before, I will only pick up the first five correspondents. That's why this post is coming out at 11:59am as opposed to 11:59pm when I usually publish my entries. This will give most readers the opportunity to take part if they so wish (there will sadly be people left out and I'm sorry for that). I'm already looking forward to your contributions.
Image taken from guardian.co.uk
Next Post: 'Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (Review)', to be published on Thursday 25th March at 11:59pm (GMT)