I have followed Everyday Feminism for just short of a year. I love their articles, what they stand for and they have educated me so much. So when I received their email about a writing fellowship, I jump! I jumped because it sounds like something I would love to do and then I cried. I cried because I can't work. I don't have the right visa. And after that round of emotions the fears crept in. I fear the qualifications. I don't think they would hire me even if I could work. The fear after a few hours made me angry. So damn angry, that I would degrade myself. I am not a great writer or researcher. I don't understand basic terms like intersectionality or have any experience with LGBQTIQ community, let alone what all the letters stand for. I have no education in equality or for that matter no education at all.
But how will I ever become better if I don't take that chance. So while I am not applying for the job, I am taking their questions and answering them. I am breaking it down and sharing it with you, dear readers.
So my question to you is, would you hire me?
Why are you interested in becoming a Fellow at Everyday Feminism?
I am interested because I want to help build of community of people who believe in equal rights for all. A community that shares their experiences and educates others for the benefit of the whole and not a few individual people.
What is your understanding of intersectionality and how does it play out in your feminist work?
At this time my work is the story of a very privilege white female who grew up in a cult. Once free of that, she has had minimal exposure to anything regarding oppression, domination or discrimination. My gender and class have given me the ability to freely write without the constraints others feel. This has give me a very narrow view point as I struggle to relate to anything outside of that. I also struggle with communicating to anyone outside my gender, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, religions, caste, etc. I am looking to broadening my horizon, having a better understanding and ensure that what I say doesn't negatively affect others. I want to be able to write and let others like me know their privilege and how their actions affect others.
How would you describe our editorial style? How is it similar and/or different to your current writing style?
Articles I have seen/read are usually well researched and written from the opinion of the person writing. But while that person shares their opinion they willingly discuss other sides and allow for the reader to make up their own mind on the subject without too much biases. I try very hard to write within my own experiences and allow for being to be teachable for when the occasion arises that I am wrong.
What general areas and specific topics are you interested in working on and why do you want to write about them?
Please note that we cover a wide range of areas from sex and sexuality, love and relationships, violence and abuse, body, parenting and families, and work as well as marginalized identities related to gender, race, sexual orientation, class, and ability.
I am willing and able to work on topics such as sex, love and relationships, body. I can share and write about cult experience, cult family relationships, parenting within cults. I am very interested in writing about my learning experience in all other range of topics you have mentioned above.
What relevant personal, activist, professional, and/or academic experience and expertise do you have on the topics you're interested in working on?
I have no activist, professional, and/or academic experience or expertise to call in within my writing. Everything so far has been learned through my personal experience. My goal is to broaden and better educated myself.
What is your writing background? Please include links to your writing portfolio, blog, and/or other sites that have published your work.
All my experiences can be found on my blog The Clutter Box. My most serious work is found under the Self Portrait Section. Honestly. I wouldn't hire me. I would recommend a course and ask me to become a student and learn before seeking out positions such as these. And that is where I am today... what courses should I seek out? What learning opportunities should I seek? How do I educate myself?
Thank you for reading.