Speech, itself

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We are raised with stories about heroes, and sometimes sheroes, or heroines. Women, especially, are raised with stories about being saved, and men, about being saviors. Evolution calls for saving ourselves–a sort of self-saving, self-caring, that allows room for others to do that for themselves. We all need allies, and help, of course. Yet, what if we let go of these stories that we must save or be saved by another? In the writing of Lucy, Go See, it took a while to see that the real hero of the novel was voice–speech, itself. Though Lucy is the protagonist of the novel, in many ways, the real story is about an unspoken thus unrecognized wound. And when finally, the bearer of the wound speaks its name, and stands up for herself, she frees (saves) herself, and, inadvertently, others.

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