The Chaser Dilemma, Part Six: Writing while female. Writing while eccentric. Writing while radical centrist.

We have no female equivalent to Steve Jobs.

We have no female equivalent to all sorts of other Great Men.

How many Great Women with grit and gravitas do we really have out there that are labelled as such?

We have great women, but not Great Women.

The truth is we also have Great Women, but they don’t get their due or labelled as such.

We are starting to see a shift, and thank goodness for that, but it is still not natural or automatic. Grant Morrison can be seen as a Great Man for comic books, for instance, or David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino for movies, but they can forge a new path, rather than have to get distracted from having obstacles being thrown at them in the first place.

We can glorify men, such as Witty Ticcy Ray, the musician with Tourettes as recounted by Dr. Oliver Saks in his book The Man Who Mistook his wife for a Hat.

In 2014, Ray inspired a show about him.

That is the reason Ray is #27 on the List of People Everyone Should Know because much of his identity came from having TS.

And he was celebrated for it. He became depressed when his meds prevented him from his improvisations as a drummer, and the solution was not to take medication to suppress his tics on the weekends.

But Ray was a man. We don’t exactly celebrate women whose idiosyncrasies stand out and are used to an advantage. We just don’t give women that chance — not even other women.

It is the reason I went ahead and forged my own paths with both Matriarchal Storytelling with A Dangerous Woman Story Studio (created long before the Ariana Grande song, thank you very much, motherfuckers), and F.R.E.E.D. with the soon-to-be relaunched Chaser (the feminist Intercept before the Intercept, Open Democracy).

I am someone who has specific ideas that are well-researched on multiple levels, including me running myself as a test subject.

Something you do not see in either fiction writing nor journalism.

But I am writing while female. I am not writing patriarchal stories about a male Chosen One like J.K. Rowling.

I am writing matriarchal stories about The World’s Most Dangerous Woman, The Doyenne Assassin, Dr. Verity Lake and her sister Holly, the Mothers of the Mosaic, the Goddess Una et Dilectos, the Sparrow: Dream Detective, the hacktivist graffiti artist Danni La Croix, the Goditor, and many others.

All interconnected. They are standalone, or you can read them in conjunction with other stories, and the order you read them alter the effects of the stories.

I am not inventing stories, but re-inventing them.

The same goes for journalism and its education. It is not a matter of invention, but re-invention.

And I am not an armchair analyst.

We forget how much we need to update and re-invent things. The world recently said goodbye to a hero of mine, and #28 on the List of People Everyone Should Know — Chuck Harrison.

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He reinvented many everyday conveniences for Sears, from the riding lawnmower to the see-through measuring cup. His book A Life’s Design is a must-read.

He was behind the scenes for many years, but he was a Great Man.

Because he saw where there were places for improvements.

That’s what journalism always needed: embracing a re-designers.

That’s what I am doing all on my own.

Even while female.

Even while Radical Centrist.

And even while eccentric.

On my own.

But it needs to be done, and I might as well do it…