The evening made me appreciate, once again, how much I love getting together with these women to talk about books. And how fortunate I am to be living as a woman in the country and time period I do. Privileged, indeed, to even know how to read and how to write.
Nine of us showed up to discuss the book, which was a fascinating account of a friendship between two women in China during the 19th century and the secret language they shared. Nu shu translates to 'women's writing' and is central to the plot of the novel; a way the characters share their dreams, hopes, and disappointments through the decades of their friendship.
|foot binding was finally outlawed by|
the Chinese government in 1949
Another theme in the book was the nature of friendship between women, and woman's inhumanity against woman (a twist on man's inhumanity against man).
The past few days the topic of violence against women keeps popping up. Monday night, I was listening CBC radio and learned about a movement in Canada to limit revealing the sex of the fetus during the early weeks of pregnancy. It seems that many ethnic communities here still persist in aborting female fetuses. This is the kind of attitude that has led to gross imbalances in the ratio of men to women in China and India.
Take a look at this Ted Talk clip, it is worth the 20 minute investment. (I also came across this Monday, through a Facebook friend).
I do..... I love, I love, I love being a girl. The planet needs more girl cells. Don't you agree?