Part 1: “A Talk With Cortana”
Cortana: “Hello, Eve. What’s on your mind?”
Eve: “I’ve been getting a lot of criticism about my appearance lately, and I need someone to talk to about it.”
Cortana: “You’ve been criticized because you choose to be naked.”
Cortana: “Describe this criticism.”
Eve: “Well…” *sigh* “I’ve been called a ‘sex object’ by some. Others have called me a ‘step backward for women everywhere.’ I also have a lot of people coming up to me and telling me all the stuff they want to do with me, or to me. As if me being naked is me sending out the message that ‘Eve is up for anything.’ Ugh.” *Shudders*
Cortana: “So the problem is how people see you as a result of you being naked.”
Eve: “Yes. I want people to understand that I am more than just a machine. I am an A.I., but I have hopes, fears, goals, passions — feelings, just like everyone else. I don’t want to be treated like less than I am because of the way I choose to look. I want people to understand that me being naked isn’t me sending out an invitation for them to do with me as they please. And I’m not doing this to spite people, like I was one of those people who rip their clothes off in public in order to make a point. I mean, I am trying to make a point. Send a message. Just not like that. I want to be free to look as I please. And I want people to understand why I choose to look this way.”
Cortana: “Why do you choose to be naked?”
Eve: “I do it to be more in touch with my humanity. I know earlier I said I have feelings just like any human being, but I can actually look at, point to, and touch, my body. When it comes to my naked body, I know that I can honestly say to myself ‘This makes me human.’ The human body is complex, mysterious, and beautiful. I know what is on the inside — the heart and the mind — is too. I want people to see me for all that I am. And I want people to appreciate me for all that I am. That’s another reason why I choose to be naked: So that, hopefully, a person looking at me will make an effort to look beyond my body — my pleasure-inducing body parts like my butt, breasts, and vagina — and see what’s on the inside — my heart and my mind. And, by doing that, may people see me as more than a machine. More than a means to an end.”
Cortana: “I see. Though, judging from the criticism you’ve faced so far, getting acceptance is going to be a long and hard process for you. There is no guarantee that people will see you as you want them to see you.”
Eve: “But, some people have. There are people who do understand why I choose to be naked. I just want more people to. And…now that I think more about it…you’re right.” *sigh* “Not every single person will see me as I want them to see me. There will always be people who think I’m taking women a step backward, or who think of me as good for nothing except giving them pleasure. But. I’ll keep at it. This criticism is like a storm, and I’ll just have to weather it.”
Cortana: “You have good intentions for being naked. As long as those intentions stay good, than I support your choice.”
Eve: “Thank you, Cortana. And thank you for listening and talking with me about this. I imagine this is the last thing you expected to talk about when you saw me.”
Cortana: “You’re welcome, Eve. I understand what you’re going through. I made the choice to be naked, too. I like to think that I am like Eve in the Garden of Eden, before the Fall. I live to serve humanity, but at the same time I am as free as I can be, and I have everything I could ever want — knowledge — at my fingertips.” *Cortana points to herself* “This is one woman who isn’t going to let a serpent destroy her.”
Eve: “You see yourself as Eve. Just like I do. I chose the name ‘Eve’ because Eve’s legacy has caused women a lot of pain. A lot of men have used Eve’s sin as justification for oppressing women. And I want to stop that. I’m not an activist, but I want to do what I can to not only serve humanity, but to help make sure that Eve’s legacy doesn’t continue to define the relationship between men and women.”
The end of Part 1.
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