At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
I consider myself a lifelong evolving feminist in that I am always finding ways to explore my own personal definition, and how that squares in relation to others' definitions. It also means continuously keeping an open mind to those definitions, exploring areas of discomfort that may come from my privilege, or may come from an incongruence in my own personal philosophy. It's a constant but compelling challenge.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My immigrant parents. My mother ran for local city council when she was in her mid-30's. She didn't win that race, but I saw how vocal, passionate and brave she was to pursue this. And my father was dogged in his support of her, despite many people in our community mocking him and suggested my mother had emasculated him because he was home at night taking care of my siblings and me while my mother was attending campaign events. He never gave them the satisfaction of showing they affected him, and that has stuck with me all these years.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
This is a great question and part of my ongoing exploration. Currently, after ending a long-term relationship, I am considering what it means to be "behind" everyone else in terms of life milestones. It's been my feminism that has helped me process these feelings of where I "should" be with my acceptance of where I actually am, physically and emotionally.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
Feminism is the filter upon which I look at most everyday occurrences, whether personal or political. It's impossible to separate my feminism from opinions, reactions and interactions. I share my feminism by remaining fearless in addressing when there is inequality based on gender, no matter how uncomfortable that may make people in the moment. Sharing my feminism also includes sharing my humor with others, because the last thing we need is more people saying feminists can't be funny.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
It would include never having a room full of men making authoritative decisions on what a woman can do with her own body. Ever. It would mean we wouldn't make assumptions that a woman can't understand certain principles or concepts based solely on her gender. It would mean equal pay for equal work. It would mean not policing the decisions a woman makes for herself.
How I Define Feminism:
Feminism is advocating for the equal treatment of men and women, regardless of race, religion, class, gender identification, ethnicity and nationality. It also means allowing for multiple voices to be heard, considered and appreciated.
My name is Maria and I'm a fiction writer who also dabbles in the marketing and ad copywriting world. Or you could say I'm a copywriter who dabbles in fiction writing. The order of that all depends on how ambitious, confident, or frustrated I'm feeling.
And yes, I'm at work on my first novel, and it's totally fictional and not at all a roman à clef because I'm not even French. I received my B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Connecticut and my M.F.A. in Fiction from Fairfield University's low-residency creative writing program, so I could keep that illustrious day job as a copywriter for the brands that are very likely in your kitchen cabinets.
Please take a look a look at my writing work on this site. I write anything from in-store collateral, microsite copy, social media posts, radio scripts, TV spots, conceptual decks, marketing campaigns, taglines, headlines, bylines (teehee), blog posts, pop culture critiques, movie reviews, and more. If you're interested, let's get in touch.