Social media have changed what it means “To Be a Writer”;
Before the internet democratized publishing, journalists waited for publishers to commission their writing—to tell them when they could speak, to whom they could speak, and how they could say it. At the same time, a publisher’s opinion has always been tied to his advertisers, since selling retail space on print media (magazines, newspapers) has historically been the most popular method for monetizing (read: sustaining) any form of journalism we’ve ever known.
Consequentially, writing has always been shaped by the writer/publisher dynamic; a writer could never just say what she wanted, because she’s always had to consider the constraints of her publisher.
Web spaces like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress have eliminated the need for publishers. Or, in the words of media theorist Clay Shirky, “publishing is no longer a job, it’s a button.” Social media provide the writer the autonomy to brand her own voice and the tools to find her own audience.
This is a fantastic opportunity for women. In past, women have been written about, or in the words of French feminist author Helen Cixous, “woman has never had her turn to speak.” In her seminal essay The Laugh of the Medusa, Cixous asks women to take up the written word and write from their own, specific experiences grounded in the female body:
Lady Medusa’s blog responds to Cixous call for women to write.
This blog is a literary playground. As such, it’s a collection of essays/poems/manifestos/articles/anecdotes that I’ve authored since packing up my life and moving to the city of Toronto two-and-a-half years ago. At the same time, this blog is my digital scrapbook, keeping a record of the music, people, and places that continually inspire me as I come in to artistic awareness.
My entries aren’t meant to be read in order, so feel free to flip through at random. (I’ve never tried telling a chronological story about my life since I’ve found that most of the time, life happens ass-backwards anyhow).
Virgina Woolf once wrote that in order to write supremely good fiction, a woman must have money and a room of her own; not only does digital publishing offer women an avenue to earn coin as a writer, it also offers her room of her own. This is my space to carve out, and I hope to leave something thought-provoking and beautiful for you to decipher.