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not one of the myths down a block

...but when you look at yourself in the mirror, I hope you see yourself. Not one of the myths. Not a failed Man -- a person who can never succeed because success is basically defined as being male -- and not a failed Goddess, a person desperately trying to hide herself in the dummy Woman: the image of Men's desires and fears.

I hope you look away from these myths into your own eyes and see your own strength. You're going to need it. I hope you don't try to take your strength from men, or from a man. Secondhand experience breaks down a block from the car lot. I hope you'll take and make your own soul, that you'll feel your life for yourself, pain by pain and joy by joy; that you'll FEED your life, eat, eat as you go ...

In this barbaric society, when women speak truly, they speak subversively --- they can't help it. If you're underneath, if you're kept down, you break out and you subvert. We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.

That's what I want: to hear you ERUPTING. You young Mount Saint Helenses who don't know the power in you, I want to hear you, whether you're writing an article or a biography or a poem or a letter, taking one photograph or many, or teaching a class or talking with friends or reading a novel or singing the baby to sleep or discussing the fate of nations. Speak with your women's tongues. Come out and tell us what time of night it is !! Don't let us sink back into silence.

If we don't tell our truth, who will?


:Ursula K. LeGuin, 1986 Bryn Mawr Commencement Address [excerpts]


This attracts me partly because "Ursula" is the feminine form of the Latin word for 'bear' and both my friends Megan and Laura are totally into bears: one as recipient, the other as painter / creator.

The graduates who sat in Ursula's audience that day are now in their mid-40's and hopefully some [or many] of them have erupted ... publicly and / or privately ...


kiota too late for the stars
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