Monday, January 08, 2018

Speaking Your Truth

"Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up."
-Oprah Winfrey, Golden Globes, 2018

Oprah Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globes; the Republican Party's worst nightmare.

Listen up GOP. We are coming for you- you who dismiss us, you who demean us, you who patronize us, you who try to control us, and you who undervalue our worth. You, who helped put a bigoted, sexist, racist, demented man into the White House. You, who enable said man in a desperate attempt to hang on to your power over us. We are coming for you.


Blue Witch said...

Yes, but it's not *just* Republican men, is it?

I think that America/the American system is much less respectful of women than many other countries in the world... but this is a historical thing, and your Constitution allowing free speech almost perpetuates things. Many things that you can still say about/to people in the US would get you arrested/a criminal record in the UK.

I hate to say this but the 'American Dream' is great if you are white, male, well educated and well off. I find such American men (who generally speak much louder than is necessary, and have an air of superiority and entitlement about them), utterly obnoxious.

Er, sorry ;)

la peregrina said...

I totally agree, BW, it is not just Republican men but they are the ones in power and they are the ones who helped elected a man who has a history of sexist and abusive behavior. They should be made an example for all men who behave this way.

I don't see free speech as a problem but I do see how people's belief that it means they can say anything they damn well want as being a problem. We do have certain limits set on free speech like libel, fraud, perjury, defamation, and hate speech laws. We are a litigious society but I think people should sue more under these laws.

And don't apologize for pointing out the obvious about certain American men. They are just as obnoxious over here.