The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action (excerpt) by Audre Lorde


I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.

I was forced to look upon myself and my living with a harsh and urgent clarity that has left me still shaken but much stronger. Some of what I experienced during that time has helped elucidate for me much of what I feel concerning the transformation of silence into language and action.

In becoming forcibly and essentially aware of my mortality, and of what I wished and wanted for my life, however short it might be, priorities and omissions became strongly etched in a merciless light, and what I most regretted were my silences. Of what had I ever been afraid? To question or to speak as I…

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Thank You #YesAllWomen.

By Bridget Robertson
May 24, 2014

It was a moment begun early yesterday in a tragedy. A man who felt entitled to women’s bodies killed and wounded several people in Santa Barbara. I mourn for his victims.
A hashtag and a conversation of women’s experiences flooded in 140 characters.

* “Just take it as a compliment.” That phrase haunts me. #YesAllWomen”

* “#YesAllWomen because “at least he didn’t actually rape you” is a sentence that exists. I will not be thankful that I was violated “less.”

* “Not leaving my house after dark anymore because getting home is a gauntlet of alleyways and I’m not sure I’ll make it. #YesAllWomen”

* “#YesAllWomen because my grandma shouldn’t have to be afraid for me every time I’m out late and alone.”

* “i hold my scars, i stand witness. #YesAllWomen”

* “But this is more than just a hashtag. It’s a serious issue that needs to be addressed long after the hashtag dies. #YesAllWomen”

* “Because in spite of ALL THAT WE WOMEN KNOW, 1 in 6 American Women is nevertheless a victim of rape or attempted rape. #YesAllWomen” ( This statistic was the lowest the tweeter could find, CDC)

* “Because I’m actually anxious for who might tweet at me for using this hashtag. #YesAllWomen”

* “#YesAllWomen Because Women In Every where, in Every country, must watch their back simply because they are female”

* “#YesAllWomen is speaking up for EVERY woman who feels she must check herself just to get through each hour unhurt, unharrassed, unharmed.”

* “We hold our breath, race to the car, key in hand, check the backseat and only after we hear the door click of safety we Exhale #YesAllWomen”

* “#YesAllWomen bc we are exhausted from hyper-awareness.”

* “#YesAllWomen bc so many women reading #YesAllWomen are still too afraid to share their stories. Everyone of U Matters!”

* “because I had to learn how to take steps to avoid rape, murder, and kidnapping before I learned my times tables #YesAllWomen”

* “I’m feeling better than yesterday, #YesAllWomen has reminded me how many amazing, smart, brave women I follow on twitter, it helps”

* “Hashtags are often dumb/fun/punchlines but this matters because #YesAllWomen have used the lie “I have a boyfriend” when “no” didn’t work.”

* “When I told my dad about a man who was making me feel unsafe he said it was my responsibility to teach him my boundaries #YesAllWomen ”

* “#YesAllWomen are told that online harassment is our fault for “putting ourselves out there” and that we should have known better.”

* “#YesAllWomen trend reassures me that I’m not alone. I had no idea other women felt this way. I wish we didn’t have to.”

* “Taking the long way home because it’s after 10pm and the shorter way lacks proper lighting and public spaces to walk by. #YesAllWomen”

* “#yesallwomen because my body has birthed and fed two beautiful children, but I’m encouraged to erase all signs of that history.

* “#YesAllWomen because daughters are dead and we care more about a celebrity wedding.”

* “Because when he does stop help you change the tire, you wonder “Is this the night I get raped” until he leaves #goodsamaritan #YesAllWomen”

And in this holy sea of women taking up as much space as they could, many men tweeted a version of this:

* “The ONLY thing men need to do right now is LISTEN to women and do something about cultural femicide, misogyny, patriarchy #YesAllWomen”

I know some will say: “It’s just a hashtag. Tomorrow will bring another. This one will be forgotten. It’s social media. It doesn’t matter.”

Sure, there were haters, trolls and those who mocked. It will probably get worse today. But, something is happening. Something is happening more frequently. In bursts, women are no longer holding their silence. In one hashtag, common experiences and feelings were spoken and validated. And some of the haters just left. We kept saying it’s not about “you”! It’s about women and our common ties. Today I am more hopeful than yesterday. Because today, I watched from the wee hours of the morning to sunrise, women saying everything about patriarchy, misogyny, and rape culture that they could. For every woman who felt too afraid to tweet, others held vigil and continued on for them. We carried on for each other.

Laugh if you will. I do not care. Women from many spectrums of society just had an experience. I said a few weeks ago, #BringBackOurGirls, all of our girls, from everywhere, each and everyone! I just witnessed some come out of the shadows, speaking their truths bravely. I will be there each time. Join us. We will not be silenced!


Lilith Eve, a child and a woman for our tomorrows


According to Jewish myth, Lilith was Adam’s first wife. However, she was a woman who wanted more of life than Adam would permit her. And when she was told by Adam that she would always be beneath him and would have to submit to him, she ran away from Eden and from him. She has been demonized but I think she embodies women who resist domination and seek life. Life beyond Eden.

Eve, Adam’s wife in the Bible, on the other hand, was created in the Garden of Eden. She was created from Adam’s rib, as centuries of interpretation would want us to believe. She was to be Adam’s ‘helper’ and she remained with him even after they were banished from Eden.

Lilith escaped from Adam and she is a symbol for women who want to be free. Eve remained with Adam and is a symbol of women who will…

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Loss of Soul: Identity and The Stories We Tell by Kaalii Cargill

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The effects on the world of the loss of the Feminine, the loss of Soul, are incalculable. Instinctive knowledge of the holy unity of things, reverence for the interconnection of all aspects of life, trust in the power of the imagination and the faculty of the intuition — all this as a way of relating to life through participation rather than through dominance and control, has almost been lost. We can see the effects of this loss of soul everywhere today, not only in the devastation and pollution of vast swathes of the earth, but in the unhappy, impoverished and hopeless existence that people endure in the hideous and ever-expanding suburbs of our cities, in the increase of diseases like cancer, diabetes and mental illness — particularly depression. The old are neglected and even ill-treated in a culture more interested in achieving targets than caring for people. The young are…

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100 Things List!


As part of Leonie Dawson’s Amazing Year workbook, I wrote a list of 100 things to do in 2014.  My blog has been quiet lately, but that doesn’t actually mean I have been! A lot of the energy previously used for blogging has been diverted into other exciting projects on my 100 Things list. 🙂 I finished my second free gift offering for newsletter subscribers at Brigid’s Grove (if you aren’t signed up yet, fill in your email on the right hand side of the screen at the BG website and you will receive the free book within 24 hours). This freebie is a 56 page book of earth-based poetry. Most of the poems were originally published on this blog, but there are several released only in this book (so far) including a re-write of Psalm 23 (which somehow felt too “risky” for me to put online before now…

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