Ebook development and publishing is pretty awesome.
We love it when people say, “I could write a book about that!”
Because we know you can… and you should.
Having a voice in the world is more important now than ever. Simon and Schuster recently agreed to publish a book by Milo Yiannopoulos, a man who was banned from Twitter for his racist and misogynistic comments toward actress, Leslie Brown. Inciting hatred online is nothing new, especially toward women, and most especially for women of color online, or the LGBTQ community, or anyone who is anything outside of the box. It is ironic, considering all of the options outside of that box add up to a whole lot more people, perspectives and voices than those inside the box… a point I’ll come back to shortly.
As a woman who has been online since being online was a thing (more or less), I’ve seen… well, my fair share of inappropriate images, comments and even threats toward me, my family and my friends or associates. I remember when nobody knew WHAT to do about a man who threatened to rape a blogger because he was trans and, GASP, had a blog. I’ve watched friends and colleagues run for the security of their offline lives because of the hateful voices from that small box. I don’t blame them. There’s something disturbing about an online troll and (generally speaking) HIS nasty words used against a woman who is speaking up for herself, her culture, her religion, or just voicing her opinion. What many men (y’know, #NotAllMen) don’t realize (or, just don’t care about) is that those types of comments and actions cause us to look at ALL MEN through a lens of mistrust. #YesAllWomen
If we can’t take it, we should just stay off the internet (and in the kitchen, barefoot, making sandwiches.)
According to Pew Research Center, Women (and I assume those who identify as women) are 50% of the Internet. It is the one channel where we DO have equality, in terms of access and use of the Internet. In what other place in your life can you say with absolute authority that you have the chance to say exactly what you mean, just like everyone else?
IMAGINE the world if there were no women on the Internet. There wouldn’t be an Internet.
“#NotAllMen” is really accurate for many of us, because a decent chunk of the other 50% of Internet users in the U.S. don’t troll women, people of color, LGBTQ, Muslims, or Bronies. And, yes, plenty of the women on the Internet are also misogynistic and racist or just Mean Girls in general. However, when it comes to TRUMPING voices of hate, I’d put my money on the majority of U.S. adults online who are decent people. Perhaps they’re even decent people who may need to hear YOUR voice and YOUR experience to better understand the entire world, as well as their own community.
YOU LIKE CAT MEMES? I LIKE CAT MEMES!
That brings me right back to writing a book or an eBook. When you put your voice out there, into the crowd of voices, people still hear you. Your voice can bring perspective and change, it can give courage to another person who may need help speaking out, too. As a woman, I’ve seen too many amazing voices online fade away… and that’s what “they” want. That’s how “they” have done it for centuries. But when we start listening to each other, pooling our strength together and uplifting each unique, precious voice, “they” lose their power, and quite often, “they” change their own perspective and become a positive voice in the world, too.
If you’re looking for a “happily ever after,” it lives in each of our books, our stories and our voices. Now is the time to start writing it.
Chelsea D. Snyder, Owner