Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Standing Up

I've long rebelled against the ideal of "bravery."  Mostly, because to be brave is something that people without power or with less cultural position and power are asked to do on a regular basis.  To be "brave" denies the power of fear - facing one's fear, overcoming one's fear, challenging one's fear.  Being "brave" feels like being asked to stand in silence, hoping for a good outcome.

No, thanks.  The time for that has passed.


  1. All the thoughts that swirl around in my head with talk of power and fear feel much too complicated to put down in words right now. The power of fear is immense and I agree with you that the concept of bravery is kind of childish. It might seem a little off topic, but in the last few years I have become much more aware of how corporations (such as Disney) have stolen our power of storytelling. Their "hero" is one exhibits "bravery" and somehow everything always works out. Our stories no longer mean anything and I find that very sad.

    I really like the new look of your blog. The green color is wonderful as is your new header photograph. Well done!!!

  2. Liz, I so agree. I teach Gender and Women's Studies classes at a local collage, and one of the most lively conversations I have my students every semester is about Disney characters, especially how they portray femininity and masculinity. We tell little boys to "man up," by avoiding their emotions, and we don't teach kids the messy parts of history... The results is scary.

    Glad you like the blog overhall. :)