Introducing…. myself.

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Last post I noted project participants would introduce themselves, and since I started the project, it’s logical that I introduce myself first. Cue introvert panic.⁠⠀
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I avoid by cooking and reading. It’s too hot to cook much. So I’ve been reading as much as possible.⠀
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This morning it clicked: me + the why of this project.⁠⠀
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I’m Katie. I’m 43. I’m a feminist, a leftist, and an abolitionist. I’m also a poet and a literary critic who uses revolutionary feminist theory to examine how art (writing) reflects, challenges, and changes society.⁠⠀
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This project is an effort to combine these skills and share my resources to work in solidarity with others to change the way publishing is done. ⠀
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But how did I get here? This content is heavy. ⁠⠀
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I am a child abuse survivor. At 28, at the end of PTSD therapy, my therapist said: “You will realize one day that you have gifts because of your life that other people do not have.”⁠⠀
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It wasn’t until last year that I started to see it. It was because of the abuse, my family’s poverty, and because of reading as a way to escape, that my empathy, connectedness, and understanding of injustice was accelerated.⁠⠀
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I wrote my first feminist essay when I was 12. It was a historical critique of bras. I continued this work in high school. And because my mother remarried a middle class person, I was able to go to university. ⁠⠀
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I wanted to write poetry and luckily the local university specialized in creative writing with literary criticism. A perfect match. ⁠⠀
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I was so good at this that three things happened. (1) I added a women’s studies component to my studies where I was introduced to midwifery. (2) Feminist professors asked me to work on projects with them. And (3) two white cishet male professors stole and published my work. As a result I decided to leave academia—I could write without them—and pursue midwifery.⁠⠀
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I was studying midwifery when my second son was born. (You’ve heard that story.)⁠⠀
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And now full circle: I’m the creator of and midwife for this project. If you want to work towards change too, then Welcome.⁠⠀
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[Photo. @kbredbeck. My white hand holding a blue flower. My ring is visible. End.]

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