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Whose Story Is This?

Rebecca Solnit

5 mins

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Whose Story Is This? is Rebecca Solnit's most recent essay collection, in which the author reflects on our culture's narratives, who gets to shape them, and how they affect the rest of us.

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Whose Story Is This?

Whose Story Is This?

by Rebecca Solnit

Overview

Our beliefs and values are shaped by the stories we're told throughout life — by our parents and loved ones, by our employers and coworkers, and by our governments and the media. The stories that make up our culture's narratives depend on who is in power. Throughout history, an unequal share of power has been in the hands of white, cisgender, heterosexual men, while the voices of women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community have been silenced.

Rebecca Solnit is an award-winning American author, feminist, and environmental activist. She is the author of 20 books, and her essays on gender issues, climate change, politics, and art have been published by The Guardian, LitHub, and Harper's.

In Whose Story Is This? Solnit reflects on who gets to tell the stories that shape our lives today, who our culture believes, and what the consequences of one-sided narratives can be.

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There are cultures that personify objects and see even stones and springs as animate and deserving of respect; ours is one in which even human beings are seen as objects and commodities not deserving of respect.

- Rebecca Solnit

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