May 5, 2014.
91联盟彩票开户It was the Night Before. I had already jumped off the high dive, but I wouldn’t break water until morning.
Tomorrow, I would end a decade of public silence. Tomorrow, I would begin the Sisyphean task of attempting to reclaim the narrative I’d unintentionally lost to the politicians, media, and culture in the late 1990s. Tomorrow, Vanity Fair’s newest issue would hit the stands with this cover line: “Monica Lewinsky on the Culture of Humiliation.” Inside, my first-person essay: “Shame and Survival.” (I mean, what could go wrong?!)
I crawled into bed that night, riddled with self-doubt and the tiniest glimmer of hope. Maybe this time will be different? Maybe the world has changed? Maybe it will be okay?91联盟彩票开户 Keenly aware of my innermost fears and mounting anxieties, my best friend in New York, one of only a handful of people who had known about the essay, had given me a card. Opening it, I read this quote from Anaïs Nin:
91联盟彩票开户The following day, and throughout the second half of this decade, my life—and my narrative—began to change, to become mine, once again. (Against. All. Fucking. Odds.)
In the past 10 years, we have heard women’s voices blossom. This blossoming is not only a reclamation of space—quite literally but metaphorically, too. It is not just about, say, the professional spaces we are now allowed to enter but about the kinds of truths we’re allowed to tell about ourselves. Of course, women’s voices were not silent before this decade. But the 2010s, in some fundamental new way, were replete with acts of reclamation by women.
91联盟彩票开户Yes, as women have made these recent advances, there has been the inevitable, rabid backlash. (Shocking, right?) But something big has shifted. The web and social media have been a factor. For all their malevolence, they’ve created online communities and served as springboards for many women who felt marginalized. What’s more, the feminist waves of the past half century seem to have crested during this decade: Women continue to secure hard-won victories in the workplace, in the courts, and in their own self-regard, not to mention in men’s evolving attitudes and acceptance.
So, as the 2010s ground to a close, it seemed like a good time to take stock. I decided to curate this timeline—artfully illustrated by R. Luke DuBois—in an attempt to put some of these voices in perspective. (No doubt, I missed a few!)