Why do we speak?
A very simple question that seems to have multiple quick answers:
- for people to listen
- to spread ideas
- to teach
- to scold
- to solve a problem
- to mend or negotiate
- to unite people either in conversation or around a common cause
- to silence other people
And unlike Waldo, speech is everywhere. Not only in a literary form, but in advertisements, music, dance, poetry, art, a gesture, or a roll of the eyes. Speech surrounds our every waking (and sleeping) existence.
To the (sometimes) annoyance of others, I speak to ask questions. One that I find myself returning to is: What is feminism? I can’t speak for anyone other than myself and my experience, so that’s what I will do. To me, feminism is women (and men) fighting to gain equal rights for women and teach about the woman’s experience from the woman’s perspective. Feminism is a type of bearing that withstands the burden’s of society, culture, histories and top trends to speak for the women who supersede all these preconceptions. Feminism is a living idea that gains its existence from the thoughts, experiences and values of different women around the world.