One of the most common things women say about why they’re not speaking up on a topic they’re passionate about is; it’s too controversial. ‘People will be upset, challenged, they won’t understand me’ are some of the ways it’s expressed. So for the next couple of months, we’re running a mini series, where we’ll be diving deep into the topic of controversial visibility.
To begin, it’s important to remember this about controversial topics; everything that’s really important in the world is controversial in some way.
Think about a few controversial moments in history:
- The Suffragettes were ridiculed for being so ‘brazen’ as to presume women would have something valuable to contribute to the political arena.
- The second wave of feminists were considered to be destroying families and stealing men’s jobs for promoting a woman’s right to work.
- Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for speaking up against racial injustice.
- Oprah’s comment about