“When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.”
― Bette Davis
“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
― Rebecca West
A lot of feminist rhetoric surrounds the silencing of women. Silenced in the media, silenced in politics, silenced in literature, silenced in history books. One way women strive to gain equitable influence is by expanding their visibility on the public platform.
Female representation and speech is definitely vital in terms of advancement. However, making the end goal only for women to be heard leaves a lot wanting.
After all, how much power do words REALLY have? In my opinion, not much.
We shouldn’t just make it a point to speak. We should make it a point to ACT.
And while I’m at it, I will also call myself out for blogging too much. Because blogging only does so much. Actually, at this point, Timothy Leary’s quote comes to mind:
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition”
By all means, speak your mind and voice your concerns truthfully. But know that we only have so much control over how other people receive our words. We should also not hesitate to take action to solve the problems we want to solve – whether they be the cause of cancer, water scarcity, violence against women, homelessness in the community, and so on. We need to prove by doing, and accomplish. We do not need to wait to be heard. At the end of the day, it is more powerful to win through action than through argument.
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.”
― Roseanne Barr