(just kidding, i hope the conversation is not over)
That female degradation exists in the world, in more places than not, requires that women tell stories of degradation. Further, if degradation can be seen (even metaphorically) as a ‘wearing down’ of someone or something, then women’s stories of their own degradation may exist as a challenge (perhaps the only challenge) to this gradual erasure. At least one person has expressed a desire for Marie Calloway’s “What Purpose Did I Serve in Your Life” to disappear, or to have never existed at all. This pervasive, public aversion to the storytelling of female humiliation, naiveté, and vulnerability found in Marie Calloway’s text is much more complicated than aesthetic differences. In a way, it no longer matters whether or not Calloway’s text is ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ but really that it is necessary, and it is challenging.