The Power of Free Expression

Angelica - Yukon, Oklahoma
Entered on January 8, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in the power of free expression. Free expression especially in women. I bet you know who Maya Angelou is. If you don’t, you will by the end of this. She is a

person of inspiration to many young women.

She says, “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise that I dance like I’ve got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs?” These are words from Maya Angelou in her poem “Still I Rise.”

They are the words that I live by on a daily basis. I know you might not understand now, but Maya Angelou is telling the truth and something bigger than I can explain. Now that you know her words, here are mine.

Expressing yourself can be the best and worst thing you can do in any situation but for me it was the best. I walked away from my friends, my enemies and the people that loved me the most, so I could see what really was inside of me, so that I could imagine again and remember that saying the things I didn’t want to say was usually the right thing. As one of my religion teacher once said, “She says the truth. No matter how hurtful or hateful, it is she will always say the truth.”

Women have many rights in this world, but the one thing most women don’t have is a voice. A voice that God gave us but it is never used, and if it is used, is it in the right way? I don’t mean do they use correct grammar or do they have speech problem. I mean do women truly use there voice to show who they are because, if so, then some women are powerful and amazing but then there is the other side when you see the cursing and the girl fights.

All I can tell you is women are not in the world to do the things men say such as cooking for them on a daily basis or cleaning for the whole family. Women are not here for people to walk all other them. Women are here and that is all that matters. So next time you see a woman such as your mother, your teacher, or even a friend. Say something good to her. She deceives it because if it were the 1900’s she would not be able to do or say the things she can today.