The transformation of silence into language and action

“The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” by Audre Lorde

In the transformation of silence into language and action, it is vitally necessary for each one of us to establish or examine her function in that transformation and to recognize her role as vital within that transformation. Because in this way alone can we survive, by taking part in a process of life that is creative and continuing, that is growth.

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When faced with a mother-in-law who was demanding, when harassed by a nursing supervisor for not being of a particular ethnic group, when treated as stupid because she stayed at home with her five children—my mother had no tools —verbally or in writing—she remained silent.

Her parents were both Caribbean immigrants, and she grew up with two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen [1]. Around the age of twelve, she began writing her own poetry and connecting with others at her school who were considered "outcasts," as she felt she was.

The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action

The surgery was completed, and the growth was benign. If we speak out —we threaten the herd. Could it be —having watched my mother —keep her silence for all of my life—I understand quite clearly the price a woman pays for such a sacrifice? In The transformation of silence into language and action forcibly and essentially aware of my mortality, and of what I wished and wanted for my life, however short it might be, priorities and omissions became strongly etched in a merciless light, and what I most regretted were my silences.

The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action

And I began to recognize a source of power within myself that comes from the knowledge that while it is most desirable not to be afraid, learning to put fear into a perspective gave me great strength. The surgery was completed, and the growth was benign.

Between the telling and the actual surgery, there was a three week period of the agony of and involuntary reorganization of my entire life. What have I missed? And where the words of women are crying to be heard, we must each of us recognize our responsibility to seek those words out, to read them and share them and examine them in their pertinence to our lives.

I was forced to look upon myself and my living with a harsh and urgent clarity that has left me still shaken but much stronger. There are seven principles of Kwanza, one for each day. It was the support of other like-minded women that got her through this time in her life.

We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sisters and our selves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit in our safe corners mute as bottles, and we will still be no less afraid.

On Silence

Are we happy with the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party? It was as if the likes of me had committed some kind of serious affront by even mentioning this woman he was the one who always brought her up—she is simply NOT the kinda person I know.

Our MLAs appear inept, comical and unethical both in their past behavior with physicians and their current position of not setting up a judicial inquiry to investigate the allegations of the physicians being unable to advocate for their patients waiting interminably on cancer treatment wait lists.

For example —let us take the classic situation where we are silent at work even though we are unable to agree with something. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.

One of my students even told me that she keeps one Lorde quote with her at all times now from her Interview in Callaloo: Essentially, as described by Lorde, if a woman chooses to identify as a cancer survivor and then opts to use a prosthesis, she has begun to claim her altered body, and life [4].

What men choose to do out of their particular mythology and ethics and drama belongs to their particular sex. Of what had I ever been afraid? Some of her most famous poetic works include: Some of what I ex-perienced during that time has helped elucidate for me much of what I feel concerning the transformation of silence into language and action.

The fact that we are here and that I speak not these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.

Within those weeks of acute fear came the knowledge — within the war we are all waging with the forces of death, subtle and otherwise, conscious or not — I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior.

What do you need to say? You must choose your own position in the world of course but it is as Ms. Of what had ever been afraid? Your silence will not protect you.The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action has 13 ratings and 5 reviews.

charlie said: within the war we are all waging with the forces of d /5. The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action* I HAVE cOME to believe over and over again that what is most important. In the transformation of silence into language and action, it is vitally necessary to teach by living and speaking those truths which we believe and know beyond understanding.

Because in this way alone we can survive, by taking part in a process of life that is creative and continuing, that is growth. Jul 03,  · "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action" from "Sister Outsider Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde" This matter of silence is an interesting one.

We are so prone to being quiet in public arenas—of merging into the group and never saying our true opinions. The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action is a talk Audre Lorde gave at the Modern Language Association's "Lesbian and Literature Panel" in Lorde begins this speech by talking about her benign breast tumor surgery and how it forced her to examine herself more closely.

She says. Nov 28,  · "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action" by Audre Lorde is an inspirtational, feminist narrative. I very much enjoyed reading this selection. The work has feminist values present in many places.

"I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior." "Tell them about how you're never really a whole person if you.

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