January 1st, 2014 is the Teresa Jusino Experience’s fourth blogiversary, and I can’t believe I’ve been keeping this up for four years! Thanks to all of you for reading, thanks to WordPress for being so easy to use that even a non-coder like myself can use you, and thank you, blog, for being the place I go to hone my voice, get my thoughts out, and connect with the world.
Happy Fourth Birthday, Teresa Jusino Experience!
My new year’s resolution for 2014 started making itself apparent toward the end of the year when I found myself posting a slew of articles about gender representation and feminism. It wasn’t the amount of articles, nor was it the content – it’s content I believe in. It was the fact that it all came from a place of being angry. Of being anti-something.
Don’t get me wrong – the anger is legitimate.
And it wasn’t just feminist content, it was other stuff, too. Stuff about classism, racism, transphobia…stuff I’m against. The internet makes it really easy to be vocal about things you’re against. The problem is that most people use it that way. Too few people use the internet to be vocal about what they’re for.
Be the change you want to see in the world. It’s more than just a great quote for cards and bumper stickers (one that’s erroneously attributed to Ghandi). It’s easy to point out what’s wrong with the world. It’s harder to propose solutions. It’s harder still to live those solutions.
So, my resolution this year is: I will be (and create) what I want to see.
Rather than complaining about how there’s not enough representation of women and/or minorities in media, I’m going to create that representation through the stories I write. Incredible Girl is already a step in that direction, what with two female leads and a story that attempts to make room for a spectrum of sexual and gender identities, but I want to do more. I’m also going to make it a point this year to seek out films, TV shows, and books/comics that were either created by women/minorities or that have female/minority protagonists, and I’m going to talk about them. Rather than talking about how no one talks about those stories…I’m going to talk about those stories. 🙂
The same goes for other areas of my life in which I want to be more of an activist and live more ethically. Rather than talking about the things I’d protest (they get too much attention as it is, which is part of the problem), I’m going to talk about the alternatives and what’s possible.
I’d like to create a special section of this blog that would be devoted to being a resource for people who’d like to make those things a priority. Like, a page listing recommendations of female-created stories, or local farms in CA from which people can buy meat ethically, or businesses that should be rewarded for going out of their way to be inclusive. Stay tuned – I’ll figure it out.
The point is, rather than focusing more light on the stuff I don’t like in the world, I want to try putting out the stuff I want more of and see if I can get that to stick. As a writer, it’s my job to create worlds out of thin air. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? 🙂