Perspective in Matriarchal Storytelling

The base assumption that the narrative is without flaw or quirk is the core of Patriarchal Storytelling. Perspective is assumed to be absolute truth, yet it is an interpretation of reality and truth. In whodunnits, readers follow the clues as given by the narrator, never questioning whether those clues are based on perspective. Classics such as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd can throw readers a sucker punch because while the content of the story changes, the structure does not.

Yet in Matriarchal Storytelling, readers would not get thrown for a loop because they know stories are about understanding perspectives that are not our own.

As someone who worked as a journalist, I know that perspective alters how we see facts and even what facts we even notice.

In my book Dr. Verity Lake's Journey of a Thousand Revelations, the character understands space, but not time, and the story shows the world through her eyes. She is someone who has her head in the clouds and has "revelations" that pull her away from others for spells. She wears an oversized warty she keeps losing. There are numerous signs that she is not a time-keeper by nature, and the book is written to reflect her perspective. Scenes can cut from several minutes to several months. 

I know people who cannot tell if something happened five years ago or twenty. They have no sense for time. In the Patriarchal, their perspective is ignored. In the Matriarchal, those peculiarities are not just explored, but embraced.

Because the point of the Matriarchal is to understand that perspectives vary. We have filters. Our lenses may show objects closer or further than they really are. We do not dismiss, but understand, and then realize we can still find truths in the process. What we think is flawed, may just be one angle and piece of the puzzle that requires others pieces to see the big picture.

It is a fluid and not rigid way of expanding horizons, and it is the way of connecting to others without judgement or arrogance. We weave perspectives together as stories are told truthfully, honestly, and most importantly, raw.