On Interview With a Virgin: Maya

Hi Maya,

I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story of your experience as a thinking and feeling woman making decisions for yourself on how it feels best for you to live in your body. And thank you for pointing out as well how judgmental people can be in the name of "liberalism" (myself included). I have not made the same choices that you have in my sexual life, but I fully support your rights to make any choice that feels right for you, regardless of any contradictions society might see. I really admire the self-awareness and confidence you have shown in making decisions for yourself, and I am glad that you are continuing to take care of yourself after your rape. I don't know how apt the comparison is, but I have felt awkward discussing my father's death two years ago amongst friends. It feels like I'm bringing sadness and discomfort into a situation that might otherwise be happy or light. I feel the same about bringing up my personal issues with depression. But I still do bring up both things occasionally, because they're part of my life. I try to remind myself that I can't control other people's reactions, and I have a right and a duty to myself to be true to myself. Hearing about amazing people like yourself helps me find the strength to be open about who I am. I hope I can give you a little strength to continue to appreciate your strong, loving, wonderful self through your difficult moments. With love, Vickie

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm 0