Opinion vs Experience

So, I have come up against an interesting issue regarding the Vagina Stories section of this blog. It’s the issue of opinion vs experience.

I would like the blog to be a sharing of experiences, rather than opinions, for the following reasons.

When you hear an opinion your mind automatically ask itself “Do I agree or disagree?”, whereas when you hear of an experience you mind asks “Can I relate or do I understand?”. The former engages the critical thinking part of our minds, whereas the latter engages the imaginative and empathetic parts.

Also, it is much more difficult to feel judged by someone else’s experience whereas people may easily feel judged by other people’s opinions.

While I am a great advocate of rigorous discussion and debate I would like to keep this particular blog in the realm of empathy and imagination for the reader and a safe, receptive space for the writer. I would like the blog to be an open forum for sharing, where everyone can have their voice heard and no one will feel judged :)

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