I’ve be told all my life from the ill informed that “Shawn is a boy’s name!” My mother found the name in the girls’ section of her baby book, and according Wolfram Alpha data, 30,000 females in the US are named Shawn or Shaun. Sure, ten times that number are male, but so what? There are ten times more female Shawns than there are Aurelias and Rosalees for example. If those are girls’ names, Shawn is ten times moreso…
We may not be great in number, but there is some talent represented. So here are some well-known female Shawns or Seans or Shauns. If you have any to add, or you’re one yourself, please leave the information as a comment!
Gymnast: Shawn Johnson
bassist: Sean Yseult
Singer: Shawn Christopher
actess: Sean Young
Miss USA, Miss Universe (1980): Shawn Weatherly
Miss Tennessee State University (2010): Shawn Montgomery
Author: Shawn Lamb
Blogger: Shawn Allison
Blogger/columnist & artist: Shawn Dell Joyce
Author: Shawn Lane
Author: Shawn Kirsten Maravel
Author: Shawn MacKenzie
sharing July 24, 2017
Tags: assault, feminism, violence, women
Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence
I wonder how many women do not have these stories in their lives? I suspect there are few if any. We acknowledge these stories, but so rarely bother to stand up to them, because they are ubiquitous. I am glad to see the light being shone on them and the label being attached. Yes, these are assaults. Yes, this is violence. This is why some cultures are so protective of girls, but why, why, why can’t the blame be put entirely where it belongs- on the perpetrators of this violence?
Perhaps because that requires us to look at our own dark natures?
I was recently reading an article that talked about the passive label like “Violence against women” as if there is no agent acting. Where does that violence come from? Not the ether. Let’s label the agents, not the objects of the action.