“I was raped at gunpoint when I was eighteen. But it has never defined me. Or has it?”
Recently, Tiffany Razanno, Chief Goddess of Wordier Than Thou, southern correspondent of Publishers Weekly, and Gloria Siren extraordinaire, interviewed the four editors of The Gloria Sirens– Lisa Lanser Rose, Susan Lilley, Katherine/Katie Riegel, and me about the inception and purpose of the Sirens, how we share the work of running a blog, how someone can become a Siren, and what is in store for the future of The Gloria Sirens.
The Gloria Sirens Interview by Tiffany Razzano – January 2015 on Life Improvement Radio
Sadly, the allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of everyone’s favorite TV dad of the 80s and 90s, Bill Cosby, makes the following in-depth essay written in the wake of the allegations against Woody Allen timely and relevant again. Different celebrity, different allegations, same old bull from small-minded people who say the predictable type of things small-minded people say when a victim comes forward: she wasn’t actually raped, she’s only after his money or out to ruin his reputation or to make a name for herself, and if she took so long to come forward it can’t be true because all real rape victims report their rape immediately.
Below is my essay, “What Would You Say if I Told You? Talking About Sexual Abuse,” that covers sexual abuse from allegations against Woody Allen to sexual abusers who prey on those in their own families to a case where I represented a teenage girl for an injunction for protection against her mother’s husband. What is “real” evidence? If charges aren’t filed against an accused rapist, does that mean police and prosecutors don’t believe he did? Read on for answers.
Katie Riegel shares a poem by Tria Wood on The Gloria Sirens, and here it is for all of you. If we all printed it out and taped it on our refrigerators, we’d get tired of it being there, just as we are tired of living the truth of the poem.
From The Atlantic, this intriguing look at the proposition that perhaps what is keeping women writers from enjoying as many publication credits as men is the lack of submissions by women (seems like a tired argument; right?) and that the reason for the lack of submissions is every writer needs a Vera; that is, a Vera Nabokov, who served her husband and his career in myriad ways so that he could get a lot of writing done and get it published. Not many men would be willing to give up their lives in order for their women to be successful writers. There are, of course, exceptions. Edna St. Vincent Millay and Virginia Woolf are named in this article (Amy Tan and Rita Dove spring to mind as women of our time whose receive remarkable support from their husbands so that they can write) as are some contemporary writing couples and the way they share responsibilities to benefit their careers.
The Gloria Sirens’ “hair pieces” continue. Here’s Tiffanny Razanno’s piece.