Hello and welcome.
I am a feminist who campaigns to remove inequalities in language that discredits women, and I’m no shrinking violet.
The first books I wrote in the 1970s and early 80s were (beautifully) hand written. The last book I wrote – in 1996 – was Nattering On The Net and I used a keyboard on my magic Mac! (It was a brain shift after using a fountain pen for so many years.)
I had written more than 20 books by then about women and language – spoken and written – and how “silenced” women were when it came to the making and meaning of words in the English language. Nattering On The Net was mainly concerned with the amazing potential of the internet and the cultural changes that were taking place and what would happen to women.
What role would they play in this powerful new technology world? Would they be locked out (as they had historically been in the publishing world) or would they take to the internet as enthusiastically as they had embraced the telephone?
More than 20 years later, I am still thinking, reading and learning about these issues and am currently working on a book tentatively called The Man Code, that explores the distinction between words men have made up to describe and stifle women, and the words women need, and are creating for themselves.
Follow my blog shrieking violet for regular updates on these ideas and please feel free to connect with any words that you feel should be added to my growing Dick-tionary.