ANGER | character & context

Bhakti Issa Urra
2 min readNov 29, 2023

Women are often discouraged from expressing anger and if they do, they’re penalized. Writer Soraya Chemaly explains the ways women are socialized to suppress anger.

Soraya Chemaly is a writer and director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project — an initiative dedicated to expanding women’s civic and political participation.

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Anger is an assertion of rights and worth. It is communication, equality, and knowledge. It is intimacy, acceptance, fearlessness, embodiment, revolt, and reconciliation. Anger is memory and rage.

It is rational thought and irrational pain. Anger is freedom, independence, expansiveness, and entitlement. It is justice, passion, clarity, and motivation. Anger is instrumental, thoughtful, complicated, and resolved. In anger, whether you like it or not, there is truth.

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Anger is the demand of accountability, It is evaluation, judgment, and refutation. It is reflective, visionary, and participatory. It’s a speech act, a social statement, an intention, and a purpose. It’s a risk and a threat. A confirmation and a wish.

It is both powerlessness and power, palliative and a provocation. In anger, you will find both ferocity and comfort, vulnerability and hurt. Anger is the expression of hope.

anger is a powerful emotion

How much anger is too much? Certainly not the anger that, for many of us, is a remembering of a self we learned to hide and quiet. It is willful and disobedient. It is survival, liberation, creativity, urgency, and vibrancy. It is a statement of need. An insistence of acknowledgment.

Anger is a boundary. Anger is boundless. An opportunity for contemplation and self-awareness. It is commitment. Empathy. Self-love. Social responsibility. If it is poison, it is also the antidote. The anger we have as women is an act of radical imagination. Angry women burn brighter than the sun.” ~ Soraya Chemaly, Rage Becomes Her

Originally published at http://changewarrior.blogspot.com.

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Bhakti Issa Urra

canvassing consciousness, constantly curious — ever challenged & changed