Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores
I was born a loud, spiritual, tomboy child (like my precious dad, Jacko). I grew up with the men and saw the world through their eyes, and I still really have that nature. Wherever the men were – I was; hanging over car engines, loud bloke conversations, footie, motorbikes, etc. The other ‘girls’ were cooking blackberry tarts and I was scaling, beheading and gutting fish.
So with my boy’s psyche I grew into a hetero girl/woman with provocative clothes. A lot of men loved that male/female combination and a number of them found it threatening. I was never subservient to men. So they knocked me down and sometimes raped me. I gave men up 35 years ago.
It’s taken me 73 years to work out that I got knocked around because I wasn’t ‘right’ in a female way. Well, fuck that, I’m still hetero and still have the strong blokey side happening – and that’ll never change!
Your article about the ‘V Day’ celebrations really touched me, and I’m absolutely passionate about all women and girls, whether they’re loud or quiet, being safe. You go you red ‘V Day’ girls!