“I have been taught accommodation”

Apparently, as a child I was largely ignorant of both overt and subtle social messages. Though this cluelessness left me awkward and confused sometimes, I am now immensely grateful. For though I may now lack innate sensitivity, empathy and emotional acuity, that shield of obliviousness allowed my voice to develop without the fetters of fear and the shackles of expectations. I often forget that therefore I am not like most other women, though I do try to advocate for all of us.
Reminders like this help inspire my activism.

I applaud this poet’s bravery, her growth, and her bold example.

(I also must say although her experience is more typical for women, there are countless men whose authentic voices are silenced, too, thanks to social laws requiring gender/sexuality/expressive conformity, and their concomitant struggle against the patriarchy should not be dismissed.)

(Thanks, Upworthy!)

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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