The book 1,001 Real-Life Questions for Women had a truly bizarre start. One morning I got up and looked at my reflection in the mirror as I brushed my teeth. To my horror, I noticed a pimple on the very tip of my nose – the most inconcealable place possible. Bemoaning the fact that at the age of 33 I still got the occasional zit, I looked up at the mirror again and discovered that I also had not one, but two, gray hairs!! No way! Acne is the curse of the young, and gray hair speaks one word to me: OLD. How ironic! I wasn’t really young anymore, but I certainly was not yet old – and still I had these two antithetical things happening at once. I wondered at that moment how many other women were, that very day, experiencing this same exact age-related concurrence.
I spent the entire day wondering whether other women were having similar experiences to mine. Out of that wondering came other questions. And out of those questions came the idea for this book.
First of all, I know this is not the only book of its kind. But it is, as far as I am aware, the first book of its kind written by a woman and geared specifically toward women. This is not to say that men should not read the book or would have no interest in it. The emphasis, though, lies with the universality – or lack thereof – of the experience of being an American woman in the 21st century. Young or old, rich or poor, beautiful or plain – there are facets of womanhood that unite us all. My goal was to examine these common experiences – and, perhaps, to create a dialogue about them.
However, our similarity of experiences is only one side of the coin. The other equally important function of this workbook is to provide a unique experience for each individual reader/writer, as she uses it to find — and tell — her own story through self-examination and questioning.
The questions came, in large part, out of my personal experiences, prejudices, understandings, and philosophies. The goal of this blog is to examine the power and process of asking and answering questions – and offering an in-depth discussion of some of the specific questions from the book.
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