So I recently (as in half an hour ago) discovered the website The Establishment. And now my mind is blown. How did I not know this site existed? I may never leave it and lurk there forever.
What’s so great about this website, you ask?
The Establishment is “a multimedia company run and funded by women that’s predicated on a simple, yet radical notion: the world is a better, more interesting place when everyone has a voice.”
This shouldn’t seem so radical, but it is. The Establishment has on their front page right now articles about
- depression and exercise
- white men and nerd culture
- what to do if your mother really didn’t love you
- trans men and women’s shelters
And that’s just the short list. There’s even a specific section for arts and creators. I am fully blissed out. The Establishment focuses on the margins of society and I love it to bits.
It’s funny because I often walk the line of marginality (is that a word?) and the cultural “norm”. I am white appearing, upper-middle class, employed and those are all privileged positions.
But I am also a woman, a person with a disability, queer, and mixed race. I am the very definition of a marginalized voice.
But I often struggle to find that voice. Even though I am all these things I am certainly not unique. I often allow other writers to be my voice about these things, which is a shame really. As a writer, I feel I should be mining the feelings evoked by being all these things.
And let me tell you, there are some serious feelings.
I feel like I could write a book just about being me, but I struggle with where to start. Is this blog representative of who I am? My marginalized voice? Probably not. Do I want it to be? Most certainly.
So maybe it’s not about finding my voice but more about having something to say. It scares me to think that maybe I don’t have anything to add to the current discourse. It worries about my fictional work, too. How can I be a writer without something to say?
Maybe I just haven’t found the right topic yet. Lord knows I’m certainly full of opinions.