Bonjour lovelies,

First and foremost, thanks for reading. I hope what I had to say sparked a bit of curiosity into your own individual experiences, and I’m glad to see that you’re interested in part-taking in this little project with me.

I don’t have a particular driving force behind creating this series. The honest truth is that I was angry, and writing is the best way I know how to deal with my emotions and to sort of my lived experiences.

Through writing this article, I realized two things. One, I have so much more I would love to say, but my word count is creeping the 3,000 mark. Two, other women and individuals must have something they would like to share as well.

And thus, Listen First, Talk Later, materialized. What I’m hoping to create is a series of different articles, short stories, and publications that voice your unique experiences.

How do you view the world? How would you describe your experience living in the world? What sort of insecurities or barriers are you accustomed to? What’s your take on current pop-culture trends? How do you view feminism and sexism in your culture? How have factors such as race, religion, culture, and gender identity shaped the person you are today?

Here’s what I’m looking for.

  • Anything and everything you would like to share. You can talk about sexual assault, gender identity, motherhood, the meaning of life or Domino’s Pizza. Maybe you don’t agree with my perception of the world or perhaps you don’t identify as a feminist. Either way, you don’t have to directly discuss sexism to participate because it’s your story to share.
  • Tell your story via whichever medium you would like. From a photo-series to a comic strip, use your voice and your talent to share your perspective.
  • Lets listen without hatred. Share your story, but please remember to tap into those critical thinking skills too. Your words and how you use them have an impact.
  • In terms of authorship, you can choose to use your real name, a pseudonym or remain anonymous.

Point being, it’s a complicated world out there, and we all have a peculiar way of perceiving that world. But, through genuinely listening to a different perspective, a little thing called empathy begins to emerge. And through empathy we’re forced to acknowledge that at the end of the day, we’re all human beings.

To check out the article that inspired this series, click here.

To submit perspectives, or for any general inquiries, feel free to email me at jefferyccm@gmail.com. Even if you want to bounce around a couple of ideas with me, give me a shout.

Check out my social media channels as well.

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Thanks for listening,

Cassandra.