Discover who you really are

Seems like the whole world of language is wrong and it feels bad. Well it’s very disturbing for me. How do you discover who you really are? When are you girls going to wake up and stop calling yourself a woman? This word is enslaving you and preventing any genuine form of equality. Wo-man should be relinquished from our vocabulary forever so that healing can begin. There’s no need to include man in our word. Just say wom and the problem is solved. Try using wom in a sentence and you’ll see how easy it is. Change can only happen if you unlock your mind.

Okay! I’ve had my say and I know I’m right. I think you’re magnificent so please wake up. Girls it’s time to discover who you actually are. Life is yours for the taking 😉

Oh no! I’m not man’s property

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This blog is dedicated to freeing up our masculine language. Woman does not have self identity because her word is attached to man.

Oh no! She is the property of his word.

Female is a totally unacceptable word. Don’t need the male part. Feme solves this problem. Human is exclusively a man’s word. Can’t you think of something better? Women are lacking independence from the word “men”.

It’s time to obtain our self-respect and dignity.

The United States Declaration of Independence fails to include all people, only men. Yuck!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all “men” are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This has been called “one of the best-known sentences in the English language”, containing “the most potent and consequential words in American history”.

United States of America is a male dominated, sexist culture and it’s not the only one. The word “equality” does not appear anywhere in the United States Constitution.

These historical documents are non inclusive, sexist and blatantly wrong. Girls are not guys. You gals are being misspelled. Please don’t underestimate the power of words.

Flowers are a big part of my life and I like to include everyone in writing.

Vef

Reference: Wikipedia

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Wish to express my gratitude

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I’m sitting quietly at home on a pleasant morning and thoughts are of lovely friends. I commenced this blog twenty-one months ago and wish to express my gratitude. I’ve received so much joy from being part of the WordPress community. Oh! It hasn’t been without occasional frustration but still an adventure worth embarking upon.

Gender equality is a subject I’m passionate about and I will continue to research and write for years to come. Don’t think I’ll ever run out of ideas for new articles. Vef can seem like an absurd word however it has expanded my knowledge of language.

This week I’ve completed moving from one WordPress account to another. I know everything on page looks the same but underneath it’s all different. The only noticeable change is missing likes on posts as they don’t migrate when a blog is moved. During this process I had lots of help from happiness engineers. It’s complicated and I’d much rather write poetry than learn computer code. I’ll get busy on a poem tomorrow.

I’d like to thank followers who continue to encourage me to keep going with my book. I smile within at every comment on Vef’s posts. I’ve met some beautiful people during my online time here @ WP.com

So overall it’s an amazing creative writing experience.

Thanks for reading .. Haha!

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Blog is moving: So please follow

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Well after months of pondering I’ve decided to combine my WordPress blogs into one website. It hasn’t been easy to make this choice as I love both of these blogs and their personal written content. What I am going to do is this. In an hour or two I will buy site re-direct and give it a go.

Oh! It’s a lot of work but I’m ready to give this a good try. My other blog is taking shape and I can easily move pictures and words. Many of you already follow both blogs and I’m sure it will be for the best if I only have one blog to manage in future. Can I now say thanks to everyone one of you. This is a wonderful trip and the journey is not yet over.

I’ve enjoyed the many comments and likes. I’m making a list of all blogs that follow this blog and will be following them back shortly. I recently upgraded to a premium theme and last month Trademark approval was granted. I’d be wise to integrate my limited time and resources in the one place. It will be a true delight in anyone’s language to see you over at my other blog when the move is complete or even before.

Happy writings

Vef ❤

Image credit: Art by Shirley Reade

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Good Book Writers Don’t Give Up

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Bonjour
Good book writers don’t you give up. That’s my motto. But I’ve certainly got no great expectations about having a book published anytime soon. I do tend to spend a lot of my precious waking life conducting online research into the subjects of book writing and self publishing. I feel like giving up on the dream that my work will ever be seen in print. I’m probably not what’s commonly known as a talented writer, in fact I struggle to type legible sentences. My writing is not what you’d call ‘up to scratch’ and usually has a lot of word clangers. Yep! Used a cliché in a post last week only to learn that it wasn’t a fantastic idea so took it out. Honestly I prefer to play with words and often decide to place a word in a verse when it suits my whim.

Oh! I truly enjoy writing on impulse, this is a lazy way of expression, and not being too concerned about grammatical correctness. Undertook French language studies at high school and the only word I can remember with any clarity is bonjour, it translates to good morning or hello in English. Why am I persevering with this book notion if I can’t write properly? Guess I’ll stick to blogging, no one cares too much if I get it all wrong. Ha!Ha!

Stumbled upon this article by Australian writer Ian Irvine while browsing and I think it’s certainly worth a good read. Oops! Don’t cry before you reach the end like I did. Snipped a bit from the page to add to this post and a link.

The image used on my page is amazing but I don’t know who the owner is to give credit. Images on this blog are sometimes found on the Internet and permission to post is sort so as not to infringe copyright. The artist who created image used on top of this page has now contacted me and I am delighted to give credit and a link which applies to this lovely picture.

I’ve toyed with the idea of a co-author scenario, just not sure how this would work in practice? If you are interested this project my email address is on Vef contact page. Recently looked up the word clanger and it means a bad or embarrassing mistake. Okay so I can’t see clearly enough to proof read this text any further. BooHoo! It’s been another sleepless night and I’m needing a frightfully long snooze.

Creative writing by Michelle Voynet

Image © Alaya Gadeh and Elizabeth May

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Designs on life: Gems of wisdom

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I’m always looking for inspiration while frantically writing on this blog. These gems of wisdom often jump into my head whilst I do.

Designs on life
Be the architect of your moment
plant a garden in your imagination
let flowers and trees rise above the rooftops
then rearrange the houses in your neighborhood
choose a vibrant new door colour or change the ring of your doorbell
become the architect of your moment.

Both while and whilst have been in the language for a very long time. While was in use in Old English; whilst is a Middle English development of while. As conjunctions they are interchangeable in meaning, but whilst has not survived in standard American English. To the American ear whilst sounds quaint. Some British and Canadian speakers think it sounds literary or old-fashioned, but many British speakers prefer it to while.

So I’ll see you in a while. Ha!Ha!

Bye, Vef (Gender equality in words)

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Be the author of your own gender story

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Dear Reader,
I’m writing a book about a word that came entirely from my own thoughts. Vef is a global community project only just beginning. I’m a self-taught writer and this assignment is not easy but I’ll keep trying until success comes my way. Gender equality is possible only when social attitudes toward girls improve and they are given same consideration as boys. Does this mean social harmony?

Vef is a word that can and should (in my opinion) replace woman in English language because it is (to me) proper speech. Venus flower (Vef) is not about segregation instead she brings us closer together. So I say let’s embrace this word and we can be the authors of our own (gender) story.

Over the coming months I’ll get myself busy and read scholarly articles to find out what I can learn. Unfortunately the word (woman) is used often in the text, so I need to ignore it when reading. AND THIS IS MY ARGUMENT. Can’t have equality if the words themselves are not equal in our language.

I have a thirst for knowledge and not a lot of time remaining.

You are the author of your own life. You can write stories that say who you are. An author is broadly defined as “the person who originated or gave existence to anything” whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created. If you want something to change then you need to change the way you tell your story.

Creative writing by, Michelle Voynet

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The Birth Of Venus and Gender Equality

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Venus is more than just another planet in our solar system, she is also a focus of legend and mystery. I have a particular love of art which depicts Venus in her many forms. This painting by Joseph Stella is certainly one of the best examples. Venus is often specified in a feminine way and that’s part of my story. Vef was created, not by accident, but by clever design and the evolution of a precise formula. Vef is a word meaning Venus flower and gives the logical basis for her existence.

Joseph Stella (1877-1946) was an early modernist who later adopted an archaic figurative style, albeit one executed in a bright 20th-century palette. He was a deeply conflicted artist who struggled to reconcile the classical spirit of the Renaissance with the chaotic energy of modern industrial society.

The effort produced a remarkable and intriguing body of work, one that hasn’t been fully appreciated even by those people who know his most famous image, the Brooklyn Bridge painted as a modernist icon.

In 1919-20, he created an extraordinary painting, Tree of My Life, that portends the rest of this career. It’s a magical fantasy of plants, flowers, birds and insects suffused with a radiant light, like a pantheist altarpiece.

That painting inspired a series of delicate botanicals – flowers and plant forms executed in silverpoint and crayon – followed by restatements of classical themes such as The Birth of Venus and religious ones such as the Virgin Mary.

Gender equality, also known as sex equality, refers to the view that boys and girls should receive equal treatment, and should not be discriminated against based on gender, unless there is a sound biological reason for different treatment. Vef asks you this one important question. How can equality be possible if the words used to describe man and woman are not linguistically equal? Woman is a possessive noun. It is a five letter word that originates from man, which has three letters. That doesn’t seem equal to me or perhaps I’m completely stupid.

There have been many efforts by world bodies including the United Nations to fight inequality which have largely failed. Happily there is a solution to the problem of gender equality. Okay let’s begin with right use of language and get to a balanced starting point. Not defining words properly is a sure recipe for discussions and debates that lead nowhere, and heated arguments that are as passionate as they are meaningless. Vef is a three-letter word so in my opinion it is a better alternative to woman. A savvy girl wants the same number of letters as man to give her similar opportunities.

Oh yes! Venus flower also desires the number three. So please acknowledge her as Vef and then she will have gender equality.

Creative writing by Michelle Voynet

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