I encourage people to speak up, to tell their stories, to write their books and share with the world for so many reasons. We need to understand each other, and we can’t possibly have all the experiences that can be had on this planet, good and bad, in one lifetime. Even if two people share an experience, what are the chances that it affected them the same way, anyway?
This is why something I read online over the weekend was so disturbing to me. In a country where we encourage discourse and value our right to speak out, multiple U.S. cities held women’s rallies, which resulted in opinions of such being expressed across the internet. I spotted a post circulating on Facebook that started with “I am not a ‘disgrace to women’ because I don’t support the women’s march.”