speaking truth to power
"The girls were punished not because of what they said but because they disobeyed orders not to say it."
- Associated Press
Ah, irony - blissful is thine ignorance.
Speaking to power is always difficult, but it is an essential part of defending the freedoms that we all should be so fortunate to enjoy. When authority presumes to legislate the ridiculous and relies upon absurdity to justify their actions, you can tell that you have already won.
"It just doesn't make sense for an administration to expect me not to talk about my body - it's mine."
- New York Journal
You have taken a stand for what you believe in, and it is always a difficult thing to screw up the courage to resist power - and to then prepare yourself for the inevitable consequences of your civil disobedience. You are part of a long history of struggle, and are in excellent company.
"We came up with 'option C,' which was to read the entire monologue," Elan Stahl said. "It upheld the message of the monologue, the moral integrity of the piece of literature, and it better represented women across the world."
- Rob Ryser, New York Journal
Ladies, in the face of this absurdity, I salute you.