Reparation

Excerpt from Notes From Therapy | Rage

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“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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