Writing Re-Enlightenment

Now and Later (a short story about horrible things no one wants to talk about, but we really need to talk about because they are not uncommon. Bad things happen to women and we need to stop cutting these things out of the arts. I categorize this as triggering but necessary)

Posted in Uncategorized by Caralyn Davis on December 7, 2017

He dislikes her now. He will do worse later. Ruby’s nine, and she can see the anger in his eyes. They are two years apart. Little sister, big brother. Bound together by fraying genetic ropes. When Ruby was a baby, her mother says, Neil loved her best. Ruby has reason to doubt this. Mama is an unreliable witness. Mama wants to believe he loves Ruby still.

Read the whole story here:

https://roarfeminist.org/2017/11/11/now-and-later/

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The Woman Candidate (Flash Not Quite Fiction Because Hillary Clinton Was NOT the Problem. We as a Society Are the Problem. We Hate Seeing Women Have Power, Especially if They Don’t Kowtow to Men, so It’s Time to Step up and Change Our Ways People, Come on Now, Enough of This Nonsense)

Posted in Uncategorized by Caralyn Davis on August 24, 2017

Taylor Swift: Is she officially evil enough to date Loki, or are you a sexist?

Posted in Uncategorized by Caralyn Davis on July 16, 2016

The Calvin Harris Twitter rant about Taylor Swift trying to “bury” and “tear down” her ex-boyfriend has brought out the haters en masse, even getting the tag #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty trending as the Internet gleefully piled on. Everyone is very pleased that Calvin “exposed” Taylor for the manipulative, bitchy, evil snake that she is (insert multiple snake emojis here because that’s how all the cool haters roll). They don’t seem to realize or care that they are being sexist jerks.

“What? This isn’t about a man getting angry because a woman took credit for her own work! Why do you always play the sexist card? Taylor’s a disrespectful, fake Nazi Barbie trying to steal credit.”

No, sorry. You’re still a sexist jerk—and it very much is about a woman getting slammed for taking credit for her own work. Let me explain: Taylor didn’t “secretly” write (aka ghostwrite) the lyrics and melody of “This Is What You Came for.” Before her publicist acknowledged that she was the author, a person other than Calvin Harris already had that songwriting credit.

The world knew that Calvin didn’t craft every word and note of this song on his own—but no one cared until Taylor Swift was involved and they could help Calvin run with the narrative of the poor, wronged ex-boyfriend and the evil, bitchy ex-girlfriend. Calvin’s writer is suddenly his very recent, famous ex and somehow then—and only then—is it a problem for Calvin or anyone else that another person wrote the lyrics and melody. Let me repeat: It was never just his song. Another person had a listed writing credit and publishing rights the entire time.

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