The bitch that never was…

I was fourteen when I first read Stephen King’s ‘Dolores Claiborne’.

I believe every child has a hero – whose not real. A completely fictional character that they wish they could will into existence.

I’ve probably had many of those, and one is definitely Vera Donovan from ‘Dolores Claiborne’, who at first appears to be your archetypal lady of the manor. Dolores works for Vera and through the years an unlikely friendship forms between the two. This is cemented by Vera’s concern for Dolores’ troubled marriage and for her daughter, Selena.

We soon come to realise that Vera’s character is much more complex than what it first appears. She is charming, pitiful, ruthless, gracious, desperate, humorous, lonely, charismatic, hard-to-please and a self designated ‘bitch’.

As Selena claims, the story is really about two women ‘who loved each other’ and somehow their relationship manages to touch your heart in a way that you never knew was possible.

Recently I discovered that a film was made, based on this book.

I had cried and laughed reading it, and after many years I was able to cry and laugh some more as I watched Vera come to life – almost exactly as I’d imagined her.

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Feminism – is YOUR issue

I’ve been meaning to make this post for a while, and now that I’ve finally got around to it – I really want to let the video speak for itself!

Emma’s speech was so so eloquently delivered that it managed to capture the heart of feminism – something that many other advocates have failed to do. By including men in her discussion she defied the commonly held belief of feminism being a ‘women’s issue’ and gave it the recognition it deserves.

I wholeheartedly agree with Emma on this one. Feminism started out as a women’s movement to minimise the very obvious gender inequalities present in eras long gone (i.e voting/land rights). Now the differences are less obvious between the genders, and issues affecting men are just as pervasive in society.

We need to address ALL these issues if we want to see any real change.

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