I can say these things now.
I never could before.
We never could, before. So many of us cannot, still.
This way of living–having to regulate and hide our personalities, our humanity–the tone of our voices, their volume and timbre, the manner in which we sit or stand or walk or speak, whether and when we can leave our homes, how and when we speak to people, what we do and do not read, can and cannot think or express–this way of living is the reality and default for so many of us.
We are suppressed beyond imagining.
Go read. You can follow her on Twitter at @Marwa_Berro. Also notice that she’s seeking help for her friend Reem (the same name as a former student of mine!) at Why you should contribute to Reem Abdel-Razek’s campaign TODAY. Thanks to Helen of SkepticLawyer for mentioning it.