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Saturday, February 18, 2017

YOUR SILENCE WON'T SAVE YOU from AUDRE LORDE ON HER BIRTHDAY



"I was going to die, sooner or later, 
whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me...Your silences will not protect you...

I began to ask each time: "

What's the worst 
that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" 

Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. 

Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." 

And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is MORE frightening than speaking your truth. And that is NOT speaking.” 

~ Audre Lorde