Yesterday I read a story from a writer and blogger named James Chartrand. He wrote an article on his blog titled ‘Why James Chartrand Wears Women’s Underwear‘. In the article he proceeds to explain that, contrary to his name and persona online and in business for the last three years, he is a she.
She then goes on to tell the story of how that came about. It includes being in a desperate situation financially, possibly being on welfare with 2 kids to feed.
Her solution, was to turn to the internet where she became a writer under her own name. Business wasn’t great and she decided to use a pen name that would allow her separation from her struggling company. As an experiment she decided to use a ‘male’ name.
I will let you read her story from there if you want to. It will include why she had to ‘come out’ and then a gazillion comments after her story (including a number of my own. Find them and I will give you a prize, maybe).
It got me thinking about deception and lying and when it is ok or not ok. Most of the comments in her story are very supportive of her, basically blaming the sexism in this country (which I am not discounting) for her dilemma. But it wasn’t just a name change, it included a whole new brand identity – her company is called ‘Men With Pens’ and has a macho looking header with a bullet coming through it, and a series of methods to avoid being found out by her clients, including never talking on the phone to them, and of course having all money transactions being through the company name, not her made up male name.
It is an interesting read and I recommend you take some time to do so when you have a chance. I would love to know what you think so come back here after you are done and comment, ok?
Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily blog.
Quote by Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832, Scottish Author