Feminism and Silence’s Uneasy Relationship


Silence sometimes can protect you. It’s easy to think of the one who “saves herself,” who hides in the closet while the rest of the family is raped and killed by men in uniform. But silence can also protect others: when you face down demands to confess or condemn, when you refuse to sing for the master, when you speak not at all rather than speak the words they’ve scripted for you. Go ahead, claim your right to remain silent.

Are you a #NastyWoman? Called to stand up and speak your mind? But what does one say? Is silence even an option for a feminist? At Lit Hub, Carina del Valle Schorske’s analyzes feminism’s relationship to silence through the history of poetry.

Victor Luo is a graduate of UC Davis's MA in Creative Writing program specializing in fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he loves never having to be cold. More from this author →