A Space of One’s Own
Virginia Wolf felt that a woman should have a space ofÂ her own. It was vital for her intellectual development. Simone de Beauvoir tended to agree.Â By modern definitions, aÂ woman is not free unlessÂ she hasÂ her own “space”. The implication is thatÂ we want to be divided away from, separate from, isolated and uncontaminated by the restÂ of the world (read men).
I need a space of my own but not for these reasons. I have an abundance of intellectual space.Â I don’t need “my own space” for the reasonsÂ feminists once wrote about. I need a space to be feminine (by my definition).
I have converted my guest bedroom into a “girl cave”. I will have internet access, a docking station for my iPod and all of my craft supplies. The estrogen factor is so high, I am hoping that no one will want to be in there. This is probably wishful thinking. My husband just read the title of this post over my shoulder and said….”I like being in your space.” So…….I have no delusions of isolation. I also have no desire for separate spaces. I just want a space of my own. I don’t mind visitors…..