Thursday, September 29, 2011

The most subversive, revolutionary act in this world is to speak the truth. This is especially so for women. Speaking one’s truth is an act of courage requiring a level of assertiveness that may or may not be in a woman’s possession. Patriarchal cultures have traditionally frowned upon assertiveness in women, training their daughters instead to exist for those around them rather than for themselves. The consequences of trained passiveness don’t need explanation; suffice it to say that such a practice harms women in body, mind and soul. - From "Assertiveness Training" on the blog Doves and Serpents
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  1. as much as I agree up to a point, don't you feel that passivity is something that *both* men and women are forced to accept - passivity to the economic system that rewards the top 1% with a third of the entire wealth in the US, passivity to the political elites that allows that to happen whilst waging two wars "in our name", passivity to a system where you can vote for one of two terrible presidents. Patriarchal is the wrong name - lets just call it oppressive.