Since the beginning of times, human beings have found various ways to express
themselves and more specifically how to declare their feelings and emotions.
all know that art (in a general term) is supposed to be the tool used for
expression. People from different communities, cultural backgrounds, and
religions, have been appealed to manifest and share their uniqueness through
art. Art, whether it was music, painting, sculpting or writing has been highly
censured through time because of its contents of truth. The majorities of a
society did not allow minorities to fully express themselves with fear of
manifestations and revolts .
Women, as a minority have fought to tell the truth.In order to understand better the meaning of Womens writing, we will first
analyze the factors that pushed women to write, then we will go over the
obstacles that women encountered and finally, we will discuss what the writers
wanted to achieve through their writing. Factors that pushed women to write
“There are writers who need to make sense of the world they
live”(Dorothy Allison, Trash, p.19.
) This sentence shows that the writer
needed to write to see and understand herself through writing. This young white
woman was living a life filled with alcohol and drug addiction, she tried to
escape that trap by fooling herself and by rebuilding a total new idealistic
image of her person (working as a social worker.) However, throughout her
progression, she has been writing everything about herself on a yellow pad,
whatever she would do, wherever she would be, those yellow pads were there, as a
representation of her truth. She could fool herself, but not her yellow pads,
her truth was written there.
Allison as many women in the world has been trying
to hide her suffering. Constantly fooling herself, she still had to yell out her
truth, this, by spreading her pain on paper. However, the papers were taboo,
just like someone would litter an embarrassing amount of trash. Allison had to
take out her story and anger, even if they were full of shame.
She could not
live without writing, it was a matter of survival. This urge to write was shared
by some other women writers. The search of an understanding was the factor that
pushed Bell Hooks to write “I began to feel uncertain, displaced, estranged
even, this was the condition of my spirit when I decided to be a writer, to seek
for that light in words” (Bell Hooks, remembered ruptures, p.15) after that
she declares “Searching for a space were writing could be understood, I
asked for a diary” (Bell Hooks, remembered ruptures, p.
15.) Writing was a
way to understand herself a little like Dorothy Allison, a way to look at
ones own person in a global manner, from a different angle, in other words, a
way to be objective about oneself situation. Not only do women write for
themselves with the thought that nobody can understand them, but they also write
for others, a way to make a declaration to the world, a way to change the truth
by saying it . In her writings, Sandra Cisneros implies that she wants to change
In her book “The House on Mango Street” she declares that
she wants to leave the unpleasant neighborhood of Mango street, however, she
says that she will come back, probably not physically, but at least trough her
book. Coming back might mean that she wanted to do something to change Mango
street, and that is trough her book, thats why she wrote it. Edwidge Danticat
tells us how her desire to write was consuming her in a society where Womens
writing was absolutely forbidden, something to do in the corner. Danticat
learned how her female ancestors have been expressing themselves through nothing
else than cooking, hair braiding or even carving potatoes.
But she wanted to
perpetuate the creativity of her ancestors, she just needed to do it through
writing. “It was their whispers that pushed you, their murmurs over pots
sizzling in your head. A thousand women urging you to speak through the blunt
tip of your pencil.” (Edwidge Danticat, Kirk? Krak! p.
8.) By writing, she
would have passed along a culture, just like braiding or cooking. However, her
writing was threatening “the natural functioning” of a patriarchal
society. Whether women write for themselves or for others, the main matter is
that they write for an urge of understanding.
There is a clear desire of
comprehension. Obstacles that women encountered In her paper “A Room