Please welcome my guest blogger for the day, Cate Masters with her new release GODDESS, AWAKENED. In connection with her novel, she has an intriguing post to share about how women should be treated and how they view themselves. Check it out!
Feminist or goddess – why must women choose?
by Cate Masters
A funny thing happened during the release party for Goddess, Awakened. At first, we were having fun, discussing mythological goddesses and favorite authors and books.
Then someone asked if my book promoted feminism. The question confused me at the time. Here was my answer:
“Not at all. The theme encourages women to empower themselves by accepting who they truly are and strengthening their unique talents. All things positive.”
Maybe I should explain why I began writing this series, The Goddess Connection, which will all be paranormals/fantasies based in mythology, all stand-alones, each based on a different goddess.
I love empowering women. Celebrating their uniqueness. Each of us have talents or skills we might view as quirks, and maybe we even dislike ourselves because of them. Or maybe we simply ignore them to fit into a more standardized life where we go through the motions but don’t really feel fulfilled.
In each of these books, the heroine will have lifelong quirks that she sees as detrimental, but by the end, she’ll learn that these quirks are actually strengths. They help define her as an individual, and that’s not a bad thing.
So it saddened me that, when I read the answers to one of the questions I posed at the party, “Do you think women should be treated like goddesses?” and some said no. Some argued women shouldn’t be put on a pedestal – and I agreed:
“that’s definitely not the message I want to send. As I mentioned above, the idea is *not* to put women on a pedestal or treat them as divas, but to value who they are in all their flaws, unique beauty, and talents. The theme of the Goddess Connection is for women to nurture that in themselves, too, and not let others devalue us. I hope that makes sense.”
And then I saw this article on HuffPost: “Women Against Feminism is a Thing. And We’re Confused.” http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/14/women-against-feminism-tumblr-facebook-_n_5585163.html
I’m definitely confused too. Obviously, these young women have the wrong idea about feminism. Maybe they picture a militant society where females are barely distinguishable from males, some sci-fi interpretation that skews the real meaning. To me, feminism honors the struggle and hardships women endured to receive basic rights that should be afforded any human. To vote. To have an education. To choose for themselves how to live their lives. To better themselves in whatever way that appeals to them.
Lately, I’ve been seeing the term thrown around pretty freely, and it’s disturbing. Another article claimed the Starz series based on Diana Gabaldon’s work was the “feminist” answer to Game of Thrones. Why do journalists feel the need to pit one show against another? One gender against another? (Yes, I know – to boost ratings)
The HuffPost article put the question about a feminist label for my books in perspective, and if someone asks again, I’ll have to better qualify my answer.
Yes, to be a goddess means to embrace your best self. The only way to do that is by freeing yourself from restraints, either from outside or originating in yourself.
In my mind, the same definition applies to feminism.
And if you’re interested in The Goddess Connection, the first book is now available from Kensington Publishing’s Lyrical Press imprint. Here’s a bit more to tease your imagination:
The Goddess Connection Book 1
With a little help from a goddess, battling evil is a piece of cake for Jocelyn Gibson.
A descendant of the goddess Iris, Jocelyn Gibson may have forgotten about the realm of magic, but it hasn’t forgotten her. When Eric Hendricks is targeted by a demon, Joss must step in to battle the evil and save the town’s awkward, but endearing, vet…who also happens to be the man she loves.
Joss’s new inn, a culinary career specializing in cooking with lavender and a new love all make for a fine recipe of disaster. She needs to embrace her inner goddess and harness the powers she never knew she had before it’s too late.
In starting her life over, Joss had expected some resistance, even some trouble, but not this. The bedroom floor boards trembled beneath her golden-slippered feet. Tendrils of an unseen power curled upward from deep within the ground, tingling through her toes. She paused to steady herself, then continued to put the finishing touches on her costume. The tremors grew into rumbles and their hum seeped beneath her skin. When their tiny wisps twined through her mind, she clenched her hands. Enough. Go away.
Thick as starlight on a clear summer’s eve, sweet as the lavender blossoms she had yet to plant, energy whooshed up through the cracks of the worn wood and out into the October night.
She gripped the bureau until it passed, the vibrations rolling over her in lessening waves. Bubbly, effervescent waves. “Third time tonight, Taz.” Each departure took longer, and more of the essence remained.
When the dog whined, she stroked his fur. “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you.”
Even if tonight the waves were palpable enough to make her hairs stand on end. Oh, no, please.
Nothing could ruin tonight. More than a party, this event would determine her future. And after three years of grief, she’d never allow anything to trap her in its clutches again.
The Goddess Connection, Book 1
Fantasy/paranormal romance novel
About 89,700 words
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | All Romance eBooks | Kensington
About the Author
Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her dear hubby, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.
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Thanks so much for having me as a guest, Mae 🙂
HI, Cate! So sorry I’m late. The day got away from me in ways I hadn’t expected. It’s great to have you here, and I think your post was awesome!
Hi Mae, Thanks for introducing me to a cool book concept and Cate Masters. I like Cate’s definition of feminism. This is something I would read, and I’m going to pass it on. I identify with closeting herself in her lair (love lair) with Chairmen Maiow and Lily. You know, I have many chairmens at this time and they all like to hang with me in the office. Even the kittens who have been released to general population. And my dog Lily is laying under my feet right now, since the office is no longer off limits. Great post, Ladies.
So funny you have a Lily too, Mary 🙂 My girl’s such a sweetie. Chairman Maiow, not so much, lol, but he does bring a certain power to the room, lol
Thanks for checking out Goddess, Awakened!
Thanks for comment, Mary. I can picture you with your crew of chairmen surrounding you and demanding attention, LOL. I’m glad you enjoyed Cate’s post and look at GODDESS, AWAKENED.
Feminism these days unfortunately is viewed almost as a dirty word. It has negative connotations. I liked your definition of what being a goddess is.
Best of luck with Goddess, Awakened. The cover is so pretty.
I’m so sad the meaning’s been skewed since its inception, Emma. Women fought hard for their rights, but it doesn’t mean they’re any less feminine.
Thanks for the good wishes! I love the cover too 🙂
Thanks for visiting and commenting, Emma. You’e so right that the idea of feminism is not what it used to be!
Boy this goddess series is right down my alley. Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks, Cate and Mae. http://flossiebentonrogers.com
I thought you might like this one, Flossie 😉
Great to hear, Flossie 🙂 Thanks for visiting.
Interesting post! I too think that there is a lot of confusion regarding what feminism means. For me it means that woman should be equal to men in terms of opportunity and autonomy… what we chose to do with that opportunity or autonomy is up to us!
Good point, Claire. Many thanks for visiting and sharing. I loved Cate’s look at this subject!