The generating event of this story happened today, while searching for an idea. Seeking advice from people that might have phrased the issue better, I found myself searching through TED talks and eventually landed on a rather rare piece about the performing arts. A lot of the talks are about tech, science, green, social and other considered-cool stuff. If it’s about the arts it’s rarely about the performing arts. You’ll find Ben Cameron’s very relevant talk at the bottom of this post.
After watching it I knew I was thinking about such an idea – the professional hybrid artist – hitting the streets in my vision – for quite a time. I also knew it had to do with women, just wasn’t sure about the focus. Now I know – I want to create a space for storytelling about what women need. Not about what women WANT but rather about what we NEED.
Next stop – Google search.
“What women want” top results:
- The famous movie
- What women want in bed
- A show with glam and glitz
- Something about men’s health connected to what women want from them
- Something by Speedo
- Free dating
- An infographic about what the sexes want online
“What women need” top results:
- What women need: everything you (men) need to know
- Forget what women want, men need to give them what they NEED!
- What women need to know – showed up several times around different issues
- What women need to know about what a man wants
- What a girl wants – AskMen
- A holy experience – what women need to say to each other …
- What women need to remember about Romney and the GOP
What looked a little more prominent ended up being that purple-pink stuff. Enough. I’ve found my focus. Right now, I really need your help – in getting as many women as possible to answer the question:
What do women need?
It’s not an easy question although nothing is wrong with it. Nevertheless, I’ve noticed many women feel uncomfortable answering it. I could get an anonymous form over here but I’d rather be sure women are answering my question. So please, in the comments or via the contact form:
What do women need? your age, and where abouts you are in the world.
Update 13/1/2013 Answering a question I’ve been asked about why my question is not about a specific “field”: I’ve realized that naming a “field” leads to seeking stories that empower. Those stories are not enough and they leave many others out of the telling. The picture isn’t truthfull and that truth is important. What is it? that’s what I’m trying to find out.
Update 14/1/2013 I have a better understanding around why ‘what women need’ is the question. What we want is also a result of the environment we live in, it’s a cultural thing; what we need relates to all women in all cultures. The reasoning for what we need is derived from the fact we are women, nothing else.
Second update 14/1/2013 Some women have written to me about their ideas being personal/private, therefore maybe not relevant to this ‘big’ question. They are relevant because there is no way to find out the ‘big’ needs without going through all the ‘little’ personal ones. If you want to send a comment and you’re not sure, write me through the contact form. I’m the only one who has access to it and I’m the only one reading that mail. I’ll add your comment under ‘anonymous’.
Gentlemen, you are welcome to forward this message to all the women around you. As promised, Ben Cameron’s talk: