As this project requires the submission of stories of a sensitive nature and often on topics that are personal, it is probably worth explaining who I am. After all, why would you submit a story to an anonymous stranger without any idea of what they’re about?
If you had to put me in a box I’m a 28-year-old white heterosexual woman. I am currently studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town and working on my novel (hopefully out in 2014).
I’m currently working as a feminist researcher. You can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Jen_Thorpe.
I have recently moved back to Cape Town from Johannesburg. My incredible boyfriend Mike and I have 2 cats called Cormac and Ruff and he still lives in Joburg. Long distance is really overrated! He works for Greenpeace Africa as the head of Digital Mobilisation.
I have a masters degree in Politics from Rhodes University where my focus was on gender politics and particularly the impact of scripts of femininity on young women. I am a feminist and think that is an incredibly cool thing to be in a world that seems to think women’s rights are already achieved. I started FeministsSA.com where posts on issues relating to feminism, and feminist events are posted. Sometimes regularly, sometimes not. Check it out, and feel free to write for that too.
I have a blog with the Mail and Guardian which I try to use to get women’s rights and issues of social justice into public discussion. In the 2010 June 16th edition of the newspaper I was listed as one of the 200 Young People in South Africa that you should take to lunch. In the 2011 June edition of CLEO magazine, I was featured as a blogger for this blog. In August 2010 an article I wrote called ‘Why It’s Not Ok Not To Be A Feminist’ that appeared in the South Africa Marie Claire. I was a finalist in the 2010 Women’s Learning Partnership essay competition where I wrote about Gender Based Violence as one of the primary problems facing South African women. In 2011 I was nominated as one of 75 Young African Women Leaders and was privileged enough to meet Michelle Obama in Johannesburg.
I’m committed to making women’s lives better. Whether that is through research, or writing or shouting from the rooftops.
Because I know women who have succeeded in life despite abuse, poverty, illness and despair. I know that women can provide comfort, love and compassion in infinite volumes in ways that supercede logic and understanding; and I know that each woman in this journey, whatever it may be, sometimes needs help.
There is nothing better than a hand extended to help you when you need it, and so I’m just trying to keep my hand extended. It’s that simple really.