Fury is a political weapon. And women need to wield it

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

October 2, 2018

Fury is a political weapon. And women need to wield it


By Rebecca Traister,

What the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh showed us about who gets to be angry in public.

By Rebecca Traister, Ms. Traister is the author of “Good and mad: The revolutionary power of women’s anger.”

Inside the room, in the morning, she spoke carefully, precisely, in a high voice; she made jokes about caffeine, asked deferentially about whether it would be O.K. to take a break. She acknowledged her terror, but remained calm, and cited her scientific expertise in how the brain responds to trauma.

Her voice trembled in moments of intense recollection; it sounded as though she might be crying, though no tears appeared to fall. She described a past sexual assault and the more recent media assault on her in excruciating and vulnerable detail, but did not yell, did not betray a hint of the fury she had every reason to feel as she was forced to put her pain on display for the nation.

Click here to read the full article published by The New York Times on 29 September 2018.

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