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Why are women shamed into silence?


I identify more with Joni Mitchell than Britney Spears but as I read about her new memoir, I agree with the "urgent need for a cultural shift towards openness, understanding and empathy around women's mental health." says Megan Rafuse, a therapist writing for Yahoo Canada. "In a society where women, especially those in marginalized communities, are often shamed or silenced when they attempt to share their pain and trauma, Britney's narrative serves as a rallying cry." I agree.


Why are we so often told to keep - our pain, our stories, our trauma to ourselves? Why does polite society deem hiding our secrets, and the dysfunction and trauma caused by those secrets, to be more important than validation, empathy, relief and voice? Writing about our trauma is very empowering and healing. It gives voice to the voiceless. When we speak up about our past or our pain, we find that we are not alone- that others have experienced similar trauma- creating a shared experience- a connection, community and the validation and support so necessary for healing. We need to be seen and heard to heal- not judged.

I may not read her book, but I commend Britney for speaking up! Maybe because of her celebrity more people will listen.


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