On Free Speech for Women in Modern America.
We vote, we work, we make laws, we raise families, we worship, we enjoy all of the wonderful things that all American’s enjoy yet we are oppressed by our culture in ways we no longer notice. I am speaking on a more personal level about women’s liberation. I think a liberated woman should feel her ideas are free to be spoken and shared and pursued without fear of her government, her peers, her school, her family, or her friends.
How simple it sounds – to be able to speak your mind without fear.
-I’m voting for
-Give me a day off and a raise
-I will breastfeed here in public
-I don’t like your boyfriend
-I like bright red lipstick
-I’m in love with you
-It’s my body
-I will not clean the house today
-I can’t help you
-I’m never going to wear panty hose again
-I will dye my hair blue
-Because I said so
How hard it actually is to do. I thought I didn’t have good friendships because I was picked on as a child and as a result became opinionated but it occurred to me, maybe I was disliked because I am outspoken. It’s a threat “Wait a minute, that one there, she isn’t acting like she’s supposed to. Quick shoot her, she’s probably gone rabid!” The dissent can liberate one from what I think are antiquated social mores and sometimes they liberate one from friendships. So it goes, there is always a price and that is why it is hard.
We’ve all grown up with the knowledge that the same characteristics that can make a man an honest and fair leader make a woman a heartless and bossy bitch. The same honest character that makes men invite my husband to stand for them in their weddings keeps me from standing in anyone’s. I’ve heard “opinionated”, “judgmental”, “blunt”, “critical”, “disapproving”, “harsh”, “frigid”, “cold”, “unsympathetic”, “callous”, “aggressive”, “ruthless”, “inconsiderate”, “severe”, “insensitive”, and “defiant”. I wear these titles proudly as they have been given to me many times since I was a girl, so many times they no longer have a negative meaning for me as I remember the double standard and they represent my liberation.
Because I said so.
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