There’s a lot of talk about female empowerment these days. Listening to a lot of it, one would assume that it’s something that needs to be given or allowed by the patriarchal status quo. Yet more might suggest that it’s something that should be taken by force from a society that’s withholding it. For many of us, however, empowerment is neither something that can be given, nor taken but rather, it’s something that needs to be realized. Realization is a very personal journey and with this in mind, female empowerment becomes self empowerment on a gender-wide scale. There’s something satisfying about the image of women all over the world that the power was inside them all along. Of course, female empowerment is as much a sociological and economic issue as a personal one, with a gender pay gap that looks set to continue for centuries. Change, however great, is made up of the actions of individuals. Continue reading
Traditions, the important rituals and ceremonies that help us to hold our families together, mark the passing of time, and celebrate the good things. Some may say, however, such things are outdated and have little place in the modern world. The arguments below, though, suggest something quite different. Read on to find out more.
Today we welcome Amy Caudill, who recently published her first novel Virtual. If you follow her blog then you know she is a lover of sci-fi and fantasy. When I read her book blurb, I knew I wanted to have her here to tell us more about the female character in her book. She has graciously written a guest post today about how she created gamer mom Amanda Connor, the main character in Virtual.