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A room of one’s own

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‘But, you may say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction – what has that got to do with a room of one’s own?’ Virginia Wolf

My favourite university professor quoted Virginia Wolf on how important it is for a woman to have her own space and financial independence in order to express her voice.

I immediately associated with that. As a child and teenager, I had to share a room with my little sister. That was hell for both of us, having a difference of five and a half years. I felt like a cat stuck in a cage with a naughty kitten snooping around my diary and private staff.

Blogs vs Rooms

Today, thanks to the Internet, every woman, everyone, can have a space of their own. Blogs are our virtual rooms. We decorate them as we wish. Money is no object.

The Internet gives us the freedom to have a voice. To pour our heart out. To express our thoughts and ideas, no mater how silly or deep.

But the difference between blogs and rooms is that blogs have no privacy. Everything is out in the open. It’s like going out to an Ancient Greek agora, or a Roman Forum and shout your opinion out loud to the public.

So how true are our thoughts when we express them knowing that they will be read?

Do we self-censor our own writings? Or dare to say what we want, having the illusion of being alone since we don’t physically see anyone listening?

Does freedom allow room for truth?

I don’t know. I’ll think about it.

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