There’s been a gap; a blog gap. An interlude, if you will. I don’t need to drivel about the reasons; suffice it to say that there’s a lot going on in my life and my head and there just wasn’t room to write about cauliflower crust mini pizzas (nicked the recipe off the Paleosisters’ blog but saw it first on The Daily Dish) and other bizarre beauties.
Unemployment is as busy as work!
I’m compelled to tell you about Cindy Riemersma’s blog, One Mind, Many Detours. It’s an eye-sliding-down-the-page mix of looking back and moving forward. From within her personal experiences, Cindy embraces the pain felt by many women across the world and shares it thoughtfully and without cynicism.
She is currently serialising the perilous life of her best friend, Cherie Leahy Smith, whose beautiful face can be found at the bottom of this post. Cherie’s tale begins here. Be warned: it isn’t for the faint hearted (it is clear that Cherie isn’t faint of heart).
The tragedies in Cherie’s life resonate in the same part of my heart that Xinran’s book The Good Women of China did. Taken at simple face value, this book tells you the worst that inequality can be. But it is about women, as well as inequality. So is Cherie’s life; and so is Cindy’s blog.
It’s tempting to think that women won their cause back in the 1930s when we got the vote. Or the 1940s when we ran the country’s infrastructure during the war. Or the Sixties, with Women’s Lib. Someone else fought and won for our generation and now we pretend that’s it and we need do no more. Inequality is as present in our category as it is in the others (disability, race, sexuality … the list is long) and complacency only sets us back.
If we choose to do nothing to promote equality, we can at least read about the potential consequences of that and respect the individuals that do.