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What’s in a Name? Diva!

Hello! Today I am just going to semi-vent…okay, maybe I am venting! Several women have contacted me to tell me that they find the word ‘diva’ derogatory and maybe I should look for another word to get my point across.

Well, I guess I could. …I could…but I’m not. You see the origins of the word diva are why I choose it.

Let’s define it!

DIVA:

The word entered the English language in the late 19th century. It is derived from the Italian noun diva, a female deity. The plural of the word in English is “divas”; in Italian, dive [ˈdiːve]. The basic sense of the term is goddess,[1][2] the feminine of the Latin word divus (Italian divo), someone deified after death, or Latin deus, a god.[3]

The male form divo exists in Italian and is usually reserved for the most prominent leading tenors, like Enrico Caruso and Beniamino Gigli. The Italian term divismo describes the star-making system in the film industry. In contemporary Italian, diva and divo simply denote much-admired celebrities, especially film actresses and actors, and can be translated as “(film) star”. The Italian actress Lyda Borelli is considered the first cinematic diva, following her breakthrough role in Love Everlasting (1913).[4]

An extravagant admiration for divas is a common element of camp culture.[5]

Modern usage

In 1992, singer Annie Lennox released her first post-Eurythmics album Diva. In 1998, VH1 debuted its first annual VH1 Divas concert in support of VH1’s Save The Music Foundation. The concert event brought together five of the world’s most celebrated divas: Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, and Aretha Franklin.

Now, I am not naive . I know that in today’s society it is often used as a derogatory term for women who are difficult to get along with. My issue with that is why should I allow other people to re-define ‘diva’.

So…at least for now–Diva it is!

DIVAS DEAL WITH LIFE!

 

LIFE IS REALLY HAPPENING FOR A FEW OF THE DIVAS!

The Front Porch Divas

We all know strong, determined women. Divas! Heck, some of us are strong, determined women. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that life…real life, comes with issues.  Those issues include marriage, men, adult children, finances, career, health and seasons of life changes.

These are the stories of The Front Porch Divas.

What do Front Porch Divas look like?

Women like LUCY– whose husband divorced her after over 40 years of marriage to ‘find himself’ but somehow he keeps finding himself back in her bed!  She was waiting on him to make up his mind about coming back home but then her neighbor cut the grass…

Do you know any Lucy’s?

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BROOKS-She’s hit the mid-century mark with a vengeance! Independent and a shrewd businesswoman, she was never one to concern herself with what others thought about her lifestyle or choices. She’s been shocking her family and friends since she gave her ex-husband custody of their children and started her own business. The temperature will rise when they find out she’s in a new relationship…and with who!

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NINA– She worked two jobs to get her children through school after her husband died. She put her all into her family, now she’s putting her all into herself.  Working and going back to college to get the degree she forfeited when she got pregnant as a freshman. You’d think her family would rally around her…but there is always one…

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JAHANNA– This stylish and business savvy beauty salon owner has worked hard to get where she is but it looks like her challenges aren’t over yet. In a legal battle with her soon to be ex-husband over her business, she’s been dealt another blow…her doctor needs to see her…now!

  

Life goes on and these women ‘take it on’!

Do you know anyone who resembles these sassy, seasoned  and determined women?

Are you one of them?

Well, whether you are of  ‘diva’ status or not, these stories will touch you…these stories will move you!