Excerpt from Notes From Therapy | Rage


“Calm down. It’s not a big deal. It just happened once.”

In other words:

“Your experience is not valid enough”

Who’s voice is that? Who says that to you?

Your father?

Your brother?

Your boyfriend?

Your partner?

A teacher?

A mentor?

They all,

They have,

They will

say that to you.

In so many ways.

In so many words.

But ultimately, that’s not them talking.

That’s the internalized oppressor.


Gosh, even talking about it.

This reaction, rage, amongst women, amongst the oppressed.

Is ancestral.

This conversation, here between you and me,

between women, between the oppressed.

Is reparation.


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