THE FUTURE IS FEMALE · 17. February 2019
In her two prefaces, that of 1832, when Indiana first released ― George Sand was 28―, and that of 1848, when it was republished, she explains why and how she wrote this novel. She had already a great experience of life, for such a young woman, at the beginning of the 19th century, and above all, she a luminous intelligence. "I wrote Indiana, I had to write Indiana (…) Is the cause I was defending so small? It is that of half of the human race, it is that of the entire human race; for the...
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE · 03. February 2019
"Time and space seemed to me to be fluid, carrying me on their stream; I was the Wandering Humanity, the aimless Humanity, yet inflamed with ideal: the Humanity enslaved by some laws and yet driven by a rebellious will to break them down, to make an existence free from them ..." "In front of my eyes, remained only the beauty of this human effort that stood itself erect in the infinity of the world. A show that the soul jealously welcomed and harbored. This was not the great revelation: that was...
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE · 31. January 2019
My grandmother told me, "Nowadays, girls can make a career. But they don’t find husbands. Or they don’t spend enough time with their husbands which finally abandon them. Then women lead a dissolute life ..." My mother said to me, "I think you're the best dancer in your dance class. But you know, I'm partial: you're my daughter. Anyway, you'll never be a prima ballerina." My dad said to me, "You're good at basketball. Well, sure, you're only in a small team ..." The man who assaulted me when...
BOOK REVIEW · 07. January 2019
The Letters of a Portuguese Nun are published for the first time in Paris in 1669 as the translation of five letters from a Portuguese nun to a French officer. Until the twentieth century, these letters were attributed to Mariana Alcoforado (1640-1723), a young nun from a Portuguese convent, who was supposed to write to her French lover, the Marquis de Chamilly, who had come to Portugal to fight with the Portuguese who struggled for their independence against Spain. (Louis XIV era) A majority...
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE · 29. December 2018
There is a chance out of two that you, who read me, be a woman; even more than that, since women read more than men! Half of humanity are women. A half! It's not a trivial amount, is it? And yet, do we see or hear as much this half of humanity as the other? No. No, and since since the dawn of time. But, thanks to The 51 FUND I mentioned in my previous blog post, at last, in the 21st century, this will change.
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE · 26. December 2018
I'm not telling you anything new, 2019 is coming soon! Late December is the time when you can look behind your shoulder and say: WHAT, ALREADY? Where has this time gone? If I were a maniac for the numbers, I would say to myself: what have I done with this year, these 12 months, these 8760 hours? Well, let's see: sleep: 2190 hours, work - the job that provides for my family: 2600 hours, household chores: 730 hours, caring for children, living with them - mine are already 19 and 17, they require...
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE · 08. December 2018
I'm not telling you anything new, 2019 is coming soon! Late December is the time when you can look behind your shoulder and say: WHAT, ALREADY? Where has this time gone? If I were a maniac for the numbers, I would say to myself: what have I done with this year, these 12 months, these 8760 hours? Well, let's see: sleep: 2190 hours, work - the job that provides for my family: 2600 hours, household chores: 730 hours, caring for children, living with them - mine are already 19 and 17, they require...
BOOK REVIEW · 11. November 2018
"The story is lush and atmospheric. Louise, the main character, is charming and adventurous." "Louise is a strong character and easy to love. Her story is captivating as she challenges the roles of women living during her time." "Yes, I enjoyed this immensely, a book to get lost in." "I absolutely loved Mistress Mine, it was an absolute gem of a story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading." "A fabulous 5 stars for a story that had me gripped from the start and for creating a character that I'm...
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE · 10. November 2018
Vast subject, but I’ll try to make it short! Let's start from the fact that you, reader or author, live, just like me, Gabrielle Dubois, in a society in which, theoretically, we can live, think and act freely. The question that I asked myself and that I ask you is: Do you really act as the free person that you are? ‘Of course, I do!’ will you answer me, sure of yourself, sure to think according to your goodwill, to your conscience ... and maybe you are, in this case, great, I’m happy...
BOOK REVIEW · 25. October 2018
In little touches so subtle that they could go unnoticed, Kate Chopin gives clues that will explain the story of the characters, especially that of her heroine, Ada: "Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life—that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions." What I've been for thirty-three years, is here summed up in two lines! Well, that doesn’t seem like much, but it's...

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