It’s a Woman’s World

It's a Woman's World

The “World” of It’s a Woman’s World

It’s a Woman’s World is fiction. It’s completely made up. But it could be true, as extreme as it is.

To recap a little bit, let me remind you that the story is set in Suburbia, U.S.A. Peter Sartorius and his wife Christine live in a nondescript house. They have credit cards that carry a balance, and they don’t have many intimate friends. They don’t go to clubs or have outside commitments to speak of, so they are insular. Peter is distant from his family, and Christine’s family is never mentioned. Peter and Christine have each other, and that’s getting problematic at the beginning of the story. Peter’s been out of work.

Peter’s highly skilled, well-trained, and  has a life-long pattern of medium to high achievement, but he lost his job in a downsizing and, as a person over forty, has been struggling to get another one. It’s been months, and things have gotten strained. Christine finds him a job prospect in an unlikely place: “A Woman’s World, Inc.”

Despite his misgivings, Peter goes and is immediately faced with difficult choices, which, like most people faced with such a situation, he makes without fully understanding the consequences.

What makes A Woman’s World different than most people’s real world is that AWWI has a mission unlike what most of us ever encounter (luckily). What that mission is doesn’t become clear in Part 1 of the story, and won’t be clearly revealed until Part 3 or 4. However, one of its functions is obviously to feminize Peter. It starts with little things and rapidly progresses to more. Peter quickly loses his freedom as he makes choices which, while independently rational, lead him to worse and worse conditions. His isolation makes escape nearly impossible.

If you have ever read a book by Robert Cialdini, Influence, you will recognize some of the techniques used by AWWI. Cialdini was fascinated with brain washing. Among other things, he studied and reported on some of the techniques used by the Vietnamese and Chinese governments during the Vietnamese War. Little things, like having people sign “statements” or “confessions,” for example, turned out to be big (and that’s why “contracts” are so often used in bdsm relationships). The brain washers realized that prisoners who signed things, even when coerced to do so, were later powerfully influenced by them because they forgot or discounted the coercion and credited their own agency. Then they felt they had to be consistent with their previous statements.

Peter signs many things and becomes confused about his own motivations and desires.

Closer to home, you will probably recognize the “good-cop/bad-cop” routine used so often in It’s a Woman’s World. In a world controlled by people trying to control you, where do you turn? Poor Peter has nowhere to turn – nowhere at all. Christine is surprisingly unhelpful, but having no one else, Peter continually relies on her.

The purposes of AWWI are not clear yet, but – without giving away the plot too much – let me say that its purposes are consistent with organizations that do exist and act throughout the world at the present time. It’s a Woman’s World, in other words, is fiction, but the world it represents is unfortunately a part of our world, the “real” world.

It is kink, but it is serious kink!

If interested, you can get It’s a Woman’s World, Parts 1 and 2 (combined) at Amazon:

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Something that Drives me Crazy

People with blogs often put hyperlinks into their posts that take readers away from their sites. This hurts their post.

For writers with blogs

I like to read other people’s blogs, and there’s a reasonable chance that that’s how you found me. So how did I find you? Well, I probably went to someone whose blog I already follow, read a post, and saw one of your comments or a link to you from the post. That make sense? And your name was a hyperlink. You know how to make hyperlinks, right? you click on the little chain link above, and are invited to enter an address. Looks like this.

Typical Add-Link Box

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What most people seem to do is put in the url like good writers and click on “Add Link.”

You know that’s what you do, but it’s NOT RIGHT! You need to do at least one more thing. Maybe two. These will be both polite to your readers and good for your site.

Improve Your SEO

You can do two things that will improve the way your post is found when people search.

Use Anchor Text

You MIGHT want to put something into the “Link Text” box. The last I heard (although it’s been a while), this becomes the “anchor text” of your link, and having that anchor text be a favored keyword or the title of the place you’re sending people to is good for SEO (that’s “search engine optimization”) – a healthy thing for the place linked.

Check “Open link in a new window/tab”

You ALMOST CERTAINLY want to click the box labeled “Open link in a new window/tab.” What that does is cause a new tab to be opened when the person clicks on it. It’s the polite thing to do, and it’s smart.

Why does it matter, Elena?

Because then, when they click on that link and follow it to their heart’s content, they STILL have you on their browser. By itself that is good for SEO, although probably not a very big deal. What is a big deal is that they can then continue reading what they were reading in the first place, and you can make your point without worrying that the things you link to will, paradoxically, interrupt your point and damage your argument.

You will also annoy fewer people. Most internet users do not expect clicking a link to take them far away from what they are reading, and they can get lost. So check that open in a new tab box.

I cannot explain why the default on the wordpress.com site for commenters is to take them away from the site. If I can figure out how to undo it, I’ll let you know.

If you will give me a comment here, you’ll help people find your site the way I found yours.