The world we currently live in has not been supportive nor accepting of women who speak up. We’re taught to be silent, to be smaller, to occupy less space. For myself, as a child, I was told not to do things because they weren’t “ladylike.” As an adult this means that I do not know how to change a tire on my car (I’m working on changing that).

The poem “Shrinking Women” by Lily Myers brights to the forefront the difference in the way we raise our daughters versus our sons.

Dearest Collectors,

It’s that time of year.

In my world, there is a definite shift in attitude that happens sometime between 11:59 pm on September 30 and 12:01 am on October 1st. At some point in that minute, everyone gets a little spooky, everything becomes pumpkin-flavored, and it suddenly becomes socially acceptable to embrace your inner goth. 

Dearest Collectors,

As a lover of pop culture, a writer, and avid reader, I have often been told that I experience life rather than live it. This is probably true, because stories like The Hobbit, Aladdin, and Star Wars speak to me. They follow the archetypal hero’s journey; a man (or woman) living a simple life is invited (or, sometimes dragged) onto an adventure, encountering specific types of problems, and returns transformed. A good example of this is Bilbo Baggins, because he starts out living a very simple life, and returns with a thirst for adventure that he never really suppresses.