AGA Roll Call: A Day in the Life
What's a day in the life of a young feminist like, from start to finish? Not a special day, not a day your autobiographer will write about, just a plain old, average day.
Take notes on a day in your life, or reflect on a day at day's end. You can make a checklist that goes hour to hour, you can be more creative and spin a line or two of prose for each hour that passes. You can tell us all the things your body does, and/or all the places your head and heart go. You can pick a day that started like any other, but brought you to an unexpected place: a morning that begins, for instance, with walking the dog, checking email and packing a lunch can culminate with the loss of a friend, or with something happening in your neighborhood that makes the morning's seemingly dull activities take on new meaning.
Seem dull? Might not to someone else. Women's daily lives are so diverse, and many have changed so much even in the last 100-200 years, that what may seem droll to you might have an entirely different meaning for someone else, for a reader 20 years from now, even for you in a decade. Linda Brent's "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," for instance, is a vital feminist manuscript, "The Diary of Anne Frank" is of massive importance to many, yet in both those pieces, there are passages where clearly their authors were merely documenting daily life, unaware of the import they would have later, and did have at the time.
Too, part of being able to connect with and understand each other is appreciating both the commonalities and the differences in just our daily lives. While many of us may start and end the day by brushing our teeth, what fills the hours in between is incredibly diverse and defines a good deal of who we are, where we're at, and where we're going. From a feminist perspective, it can be amazing to look at just a single day and see the ways our gender/sex and the culture we live in come into play, sometimes in ways we might not have even recognized or thought of; sometimes less than we'd think, too.
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