Conflict is hard for me. I’m not very good at it, and I didn’t realize when I volunteered for the gig that the subject matter I chose for it has the potential to create conflict. The name of the post is “What I Learned from Self-Made Man, by Norah Vincent”, and here’s a brief excerpt:
Norah Vincent is a journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, the New York Post, The New Republic, and The Washington Post.
Years ago, she underwent voice and physical training, sought help from professional make-up artists, and lived as a man for eighteen months. Among other activities, she joined a bowling league, dated, and joined a men’s therapy group. Self-Made Man is the story of her experiences, a thoughtful, humanitarian outsider’s view on what it means to be a man.
I couldn’t figure out how to start, proceed, or end. Should I explain my feminist credentials? Apologize to my feminist past for taking a stand for men and men’s needs? But what should I apologize for? This book really moved me. It’s important. I went in circles for weeks.
Michelle writes about “college, feminism, culture, inspiration and motivation.” She’s a thoughtful woman and writer bringing her own experience to her articles. Her blog is a zero tolerance for intolerance space, and I love that she blasts that out loud on her front page.