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Ep. 6: Rural Woman (Sincerely, X)

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A small town she loves. A big realization. What happens when rural traditions need reinventing?

©2017 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2017 Audible Originals, LLC

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Rural women

I too am from a small town. This story for some reason did not hold my attention. I can't put my finger on what it was but I didn't find her story insightful.

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  • HelgaCabbage
  • 07-31-19

Too USA-centric and patronising.

"If you're thinking about how to move hearts and minds in rural America - and who isn't thinking about that in 2017?" Says June Cohen.
Well, I'll tell you June. I'm not thinking about that. Nor is anyone I know.

I don't live in the USA and Audible podcasts are able to reach pretty much anyone with internet access, in case you didn't realise this. So programs that talk as though the only people listening are Americans are extremely irritating and irrelevant to the majority of international listeners.

I also found the whole concept of this episode to be supremely patronising.
Rural communities have more women in traditionally female roles! Gasp! Oh no!
Just FYI, this is not some huge social injustice. The speaker even admits that in these small towns 'fathers tell their daughters they can be anything they want to be', so I really don't see the issue.
If women want different career paths to our mothers and grandmothers, we can go out and get them. If our mothers are stay-at-home housewives, so what? It doesn't mean we can't see that there are other options available should we wish it, or that our whole lives must be limited to our individual upbringing or what's happening in our particular town.

Or maybe people in small town America are as ignorant of the existence of the rest of the world (or even the rest of their own country), as this show apparently is? In which case, ignore this review and go ahead. Tell them that other jobs are available if they want them, because apparently they don't have TVs, newspapers, modern education, or internet access to see it for themselves...