I'm goin' to Jackson...or am I?
August 4, 2014 9:42 PM Subscribe
What is it actually
like to live in Jackson, MS?
I'm debating whether to apply for a job in Jackson, MS and would like some perspectives on what it's like to live there. I’m an unmarried, liberal, White, agnostic woman, if any of that matters. I’ve only ever lived in the North and haven’t traveled much in the South but have wanted to.
A friend of my same demographic set moved a few years ago from where I live now (college town in the Midwest) to Jackson for the same job. She said that she likes the area, but she also described experiencing regular street harassment (more regular than in our area of the Midwest, anyway) and feeling judged about managing her affairs without the assistance of a man. She also feels that she has to actively hide her (lack of) religious identity. If what she says is true, I would worry that my non-White, LGBT, and visibly non-Christian friends/family would feel uncomfortable about visiting me. I also worry that it would bother me to experience these kinds of things on a daily basis.
Also, I'm familiar with the current issues around abortion access there and am curious whether I would have ready access to a range of birth control options (e.g., doctors who will take out/insert IUDs, the morning after pill).
I don’t want to judge the city based on the experiences of one person, so I’m looking for a variety of perspectives! If Jackson is awesome and this is truly just her idiosyncratic experience, please tell me so that I can apply with enthusiasm!