“If you have yet to be called an incorrigible, defiant woman, don’t worry, there is still time.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Let them call you incorrigible. Let them call you defiant.
Don’t let them talk you out of being angry, of demanding justice, of speaking truth to power.
They will call you angry, as if it were a curse word. As if it proves you can’t be trusted. As if it were some kind of magic that makes what you have to say irrational.
They will call you emotional—as if emotions were not part of a healthy human experience, the opposite of logic, rather than it’s necessary companion. As if you were supposed to accept inequity cold.
They will call you combative, as if you weren’t made for a fight, as if it were wrong to challenge iniquitous structures, as if you were supposed to smile upon receiving crumbs from the table.