Writing a novel from the first person of a young woman is not an easy task for a middle-aged man. Much of the research for this novel has been listening to women tell me their stories. Many, many stories. When I talk to women about the novel, some choose to relay their own experiences, especially the ones that are similar to what Ella goes through in the book.
What I've found is that nearly every single woman has an almost endless litany of stories of how men have aggressively intruded on them, usually in a sexual manner.
The basic truth of it is - women get harassed, assaulted, intimidated etc by men on a near daily basis. The statistics speak for themselves.
We need to elect more women to representative government. Men have ruled for far too long and obviously don't know what it means to shape a world to include safety for our women and children. Laws needs to be changed to reflect a new reality: that women are equal to men.
To the men - take a stand against any and all bullying, harassment, and especially violence against women. It's never okay to use force to achieve your goals. That way of thinking is over.
Some men have responded on the #notallmen hash-tag. I'll only respond with this:
Enough men are violent, psycho rapists that ALL men must take a stand and help make this world safe. Read the #YesAllWomen stories. Learn. Put it into action in your life.
The time for society to change its behavior towards women is today.
Thank you for reading -
From Las Vegas,
Stephen John Moran