How then are women to alter the current course of societal pressure of conformity to gender norms when both men and women contribute to such oppression by maintaining their silence? Elizabeth Alexander suggests “without resistance, survival and growth are impossible in an unjust world [of socially created norms]” (705). Lorde contends that creating a new voice, a voice of true self, comprised by allowing each individual identity within one’s self to “touch, meet, cross, and blur” rather than accepting a socially created single voice can alter the discourse from othering into acceptance (21). Conforming to the so...
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...ll not be] defined at all” (Alexander 695). In her credo of life, Lorde refuses to be divisible and schizophrenic-like, but rather speaks through the differences of all her selves, and “calls upon [women] to take personal accountability for and in the transformation from silence into action, by self-examination, consciousness raising, and personal transformation of self in relationship with and to community” (Alexander 713 and Olson 62). As we learned from Klaus, “One’s voiceprint is unique, like one’s fingerprint. It is a sound so distinctive to each person—a singular combination of pitch tone, timbre, and inflection” (45). I contend invoking such actions suggested by Lorde would be a first necessary step in liberating women from the social nature of self that mutes the powerful voiceprint of one’s multiple identities speaking in unity educing change for our future.
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