The title The Odd Woman was inspired, in part, by Roxanne Gay’s book of essays Bad Feminist and an 1893 Victorian novel The Odd Women by English writer George Gissing. It seemed fitting. I don’t really think of myself as “odd” but, much like Gay, I don’t entirely fit the feminist mold. I was also one of the last of my friends to get married, which is where Gissing’s novel fits in…
The novel’s title is derived ostensibly from the notion that there was an excess of one million women over men in Victorian England. This meant there were “odd” women left over at the end of the equation when the other men and women had paired off in marriage. A cross-section of women dealing with this problem are described in the book and it can be inferred that their lifestyles also set them apart as odd in the sense of strange. (source)
Through writing this blog, I’m hoping to explore how I move through society as a married woman, as a woman writer, as a woman feminist, and as a woman in general. I also want to look at different societal issues by trying to imagine myself in the shoes of both friends and strangers.
I hope you enjoy the journey!
January 15, 2017