The importance of Women telling their stories and documenting culture from their perspective.
Nuances and perspectives are what make stories different. The way we break down concepts, ideas and theories will greatly differ, from the moment we are born we begin acquiring tools that we implement to chisel data received into information. Our enviroment plays the all important role of coalescing these factors that Influence us into an ever expanding "bubble", a bubble that is essentially a conglomerate of your "Influences", these Influences peak through your existence via your creations and actions. Understanding this is key to realizing why a story may resonate with those who are in the same "bubble" as you and then surprise/educate those who are outside the said bubble.
One of the biggest shapers of your opinion however is your sex or your sexual orientation; even before you got a name (in most cases), a religion or a set of beliefs, you had your sex. Everything that will comprise the aforementioned bubble will be determined by your sex, that's the Stark reality of life, you may witness events on the other side of the divide but a man will never have the same experience as a woman. The resultant difference in vantage points is even more reflective in the way we create.
Journalism comprises an ever evolving spectrum of collecting, writing, and editing news stories for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio. Journalism is carried out by humans who are going to present these stories in light of their bubble of Influence, if you doubt me, read any two publications on the Ansari- Gate issue one written by a man the other by a woman.
A recent conversation between me and @Onemotolani after I read an article written by a woman chronicling the women in Kanye's life and music over 10 years. A throughly satisfying read that prompted this exchange:
I like the Article. It's simple. I need to read more articles by women
Who are the young women documenting music in Nigeria?
Not a lot. Some at Pulse, but they don't have a lot of articles, I hope God helps us find one or 2.
Yh. We need that perspective. The culture needs it.
Yup. Generally, they're very few. Even with the big boys, Pitchfork, Complex, Booth, men far outnumber women in numbers and outwork them on consistency of articles.If you find that one woman, keep her.
Yh. Another thing is the female articles are almost always tailored towards stuff like misogyny, feminism and the like.
Nedeska on Everyday Struggle used to work with MTV, some of her stuff online is basically interviews and news stuff.
Lol. This is true. Females aren't limited, but they've allowed prevalent societal issues define them and limit their horizon and topical conversations.
You can't turn everything into girl power and 'girl child' talk. It's not that serious or deep.
That's the bane of female journalism, I respect the "fight" but you can acquire the power and then use it for the fight
People might want to read politically charged pieces, but they also have short attention span to repetition.
The truth is that the feminine perspective is arguably untapped for stories detailing how they percieve culture, for stories explaining how they consume music, for stories explaining how music choices influences their taste in men, for stories unraveling how they feel when they are at a Trey Songz concert, simply put women, more particularly younger women aren't chronicling culture enough.
The inherent danger is that the legacy that we are creating with media will be from a purely masculine standpoint, a standpoint devoid of inclusivity. I'm aware of the errors that women want to correct hence their need to structure everything to "fight the system", the fight for inclusivity aside, women have a voice that should be implemented to document the happenings in the world today. They can include devices that will eat at the system in their documentation, a method that will crossover divides and propel the legacy that we are creating to a more panoramic level.
This is to more women creating blogs, YouTube reaction videos, writing books; articles; think pieces; album reviews, all fully choked with female idiosyncrasies. You have a unique perspective please share it with the world.
By Nico for Urban Central @WordsbyAG on Twitter
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