Personal Writing : Personal Narrative

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“‘Oww!,’ I said as I fell off my bike.” These are the first words of a personal essay that I wrote in the second grade about learning how to ride a bicycle. I remember them so clearly because my teacher boasted to the class about my use of such an eye-catching introductory remark, so it seems appropriate to use those words here as well. Not only do these words mark the beginning of a growing girl’s literary journey, but also the start to a timeline of establishing a tangible identity for myself that is further revealed within memories of trashy magazines, banned books, and most notably, my own writing. While my writing truly began far before the second grade, my essay about riding that bike was the first that excited me. My teacher…show more content…
Of course, I was too young to understand what was happening as I read more of the trashy magazines and I just believed something was wrong with me, because I didn’t look like any of them. Any positive body image that I once had was reduced to nothing and many years after not picking up one of those magazines, I continued to struggle with the self-deprecation. Eventually I found ways to understand how I was feeling, mostly thanks to the blogging website, “Tumblr,” which I created an account on solely for leisure purposes. I never thought that I would open a door to a plethora of writing done by empowering women with similar experiences. The website is a network of blogs that “reblog,” or repost other blog’s posts onto their blog, so it would be impossible to cite who’s posts I had seen when I was 12, however I do remember much of the general ideas that were spread across the website. I distinctly recall phrases such as “fight the patriarchy” and “free the nipple,” with explanations as to how women’s bodies are shamed by men and mass media and how I could understand the shame I felt for myself. Through these ideas I began to see how I could channel the negative perfectionism that I had for my body into a desire to change the system that holds so many women as hostages. Even now, as the works on the websites evolve to
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