Writing A White Witch seemed apropos given the current and neverending political climate that many people seem to think is new. It isn’t. As with all fiction, the story is somewhat autobiographical. I wanted to insert certain elements that will most likely be in all my stories: an unlikable middle-aged non-heteronormative white protagonist who is opinionated and explicit in certain beliefs yet skeptical and evolving as a person; a middle-aged white man that exhibits the entitlement and privilege of a well-off white heteronormative maleness; the arbitrariness of smiling from a woman’s perspective; the health & fitness nut from an antagonistic perspective; the nuance of the uncertainty and awkwardness of navigating feminism and capitalism—specifically dissecting a white woman’s feminist judgments and actions when confronted with her privilege and the colonialism of white ancestors; when rage in women becomes a numbness to dealing; when women’s prejudice of men become misandry; classism & sexism middle-age women face; specifically labeling white people white purposely to acknowledge privilege and entitlement that white people receive without thought or awareness to that standard; and how the subconscious deals with all the above in the form of magical realism tropes that lead to a certain awareness in and of itself.
When I talk to some white women, they are clueless about their privilege and have no inkling what white feminism is. Some of my lighter skinned biracial friends were unfamiliar with the term, which led to some interesting conversations. While communicating with my younger female friends, they were heedless of the prejudices older women face when they pass a certain age and didn’t know what older feminists went through to get women this far. I’ve also learned a lot from young women who oftentimes are dismissed because of age. Some women refuse to discuss any of these issues at all; they prefer avoidance and routinely dance around them becoming almost an expert in evasion and that is fascinating to me—and insufferable. How do we tell that story? How do we school those women? How can we reach them? To connect with them? I love these stories written by women and think we need more of them that show how women evolve in these areas while navigating life in general, specifically highlighting ageism, racism, classism, sexism, and all the other socio-economic disadvantages women experience every day. It’s important for women to share these stories. Not every woman has academic access to information provided in women’s studies and these stories can help inform and educate those without that access.
Writing A White Witch helped me confront and investigate my white privilege, white feminism, anger towards the patriarchy, and concerns that women face every day in small degrees. I didn’t exactly exhaust those issues—I don’t think anything will at this point as these are ongoing and developing as we, as women, mature and evolve with the world around us and our experiences. I’m continuously being schooled by women that know much more than I ever did about these topics. I value that and am forever thankful they share these. I wanted to share my own in hopes of helping others and will continue writing these types of stories in order to examine myself and my experiences individually. Hopefully, these can encourage other women to contribute or at least create a discussion by allowing us to explore and examine our own privilege however awkward, painful and shameful those experiences and stories are; use these stories as an impetus to discuss, create and embrace change.
Mostly though? I simply wrote a story I wanted to read. Now I’m just wondering how I did. Send me some feedback, fellow sisters and thank you for sharing your wisdom and stories with us all. To my male readers? #ReadWomen then #ReadMoreWomen.
A White Witch is at Amazon.