I like to think that one of the things that makes Speak Out different from other blogs is that it not only has a voice, but a face. In the past, I’ve had the opposition truly believe they’d discovered some destructive secret when they found my birth name and Facebook account. When, in all actuality, I opted to link my personal profile to Speak Out’s Facebook page. The decision to connect my personal life with my work was absolutely intentional. Facebook did not bury my profile information deep within Speak Out’s layout as a way to entice my livid adversaries. Who I am is currently, and always has been on full display for anyone who cared enough to open their eyes.
I truly respect anyone who dare speak out against what they perceive as an injustice. However, I feel that sometimes that message loses its luster when it is screamed from behind a mask of anonymity. What I feel a mask represents is fear, and how can one expect their audience to rise up in outrage and action when their whistle blower is too afraid to show their face? To me, that’s akin to an individual urging their followers to leap from an aircraft with no safety measures. Meanwhile, that individual is completely unafraid while wearing a parachute. It really doesn’t seem balanced to me, and that’s why I’ve made the decisions that I have.
There are a lot of risks involved with not wearing a mask. I think it’s common sense to imagine what they are. So, we’ll not list them here for the sake of wrapping this up on point.
What I am trying to convey here is a need for more women and men to come forward with their thoughts and opinions. Do not obscure who you are. If you believe what you say, what is there to fear from others? I’ve come to terms with the fact that I may be looked over for a career position simply for this website. However, I have also come to realize that if my potential employer is afraid to hire an outspoken feminist, then is that really the agency I should be working for? Yes, not writing here would certainly help me get my foot through the door. Yet, how long would any of us be able to survive in a work environment that encourages snuffing out individual voices?
Your voice, mind, values, and emotions are all beautiful parts of you.
So is your face.