Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Amber Tamblyn: "The more we open our mouths, the more we become a choir"

Film and television actor Amber Tamblyn has been on our screens since she was 12 years old, and this week, the now-34-year-old actor took the time to write in the New York Times about the issue of women who've been harassed and how difficult the backlash they face makes it to speak up. I'm Done with Not Being Believed is an important read about one of the most common ways women are silenced, both in the workplace and their private lives, when they try to speak up about sexual harassment.

This isn't a speech, though it certainly could be one. But it's importance lies not just in raising the issue, but in offering other women a picture of how other women like them suffer, and how this woman is going to change her behavior to stop tolerating the backlash and silencing. So I recommend you share it widely, after you read it for yourself.

Because she made bold to complain about harassment on the set and was not believed, Tamblyn writes, "I have been afraid of speaking out or asking things of men in positions of power for years." Calling the demands that women who've been harassed show some proof "the credentials game," she says she and other women are done with that. 

The stirring conclusion of the article should give encouragement to any woman who cares about speaking up, and speaking in public: "We are learning that the more we open our mouths, the more we become a choir. And the more we are a choir, the more the tune is forced to change."

(Creative Commons licensed photo by Red Carpet Report)

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