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Iva Pehar
Iva Pehar

I recently read Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly. It was nothing short of phenomenal. Empowering and bold, Soraya attacks the social, political, and economic issues women are faced with on a day-to-day basis. She also clarifies the validity of the #MeToo movement while unapologetically declaring women's right to unleash our rage. Rather than proceeding to ramble endless praise for this book, I am going to do a bit of an unorthodox book review. Soraya lists ten skills for women to utilize anger productively. I am going to list these ten skills and include a profound quote I noticed in each section. Hopefully, this will give you all a good idea of what this book is about and inspire you to read it. Without further ado, let's begin:

1. Develop Self-Awareness

"Admitting that you are angry–to yourself and to others–can be difficult and destabilizing, but it is urgently important, if only for the way in which it builds and maintains your self-respect and esteem."

2. Distinguish the Three A's: Anger, Assertiveness, and Aggression

"All three [anger, assertiveness, and aggression] are related by the word no, and a simple, unapologetic, declarative no is not a word girls and women are taught to embrace."

3. Be Brave

"Be brave enough to stop pleasing people, to be disliked, to rub people the wrong way...If someone does not care to consider why you are angry, or why anger is your approach to a specific event or problem, then that person is almost certainly part of the problem."

4. Take (Deliberate) Care

"Most women take on what they do not only because they are expected to but also because they love and care and want to...Understand that this includes taking care of your own health and well-being. Learn to say no and to say no unapologetically."

5. Cultivate Body Confidence

"Think about how you can develop a sense of your body's strength and abilities in order to refute damaging, pervasive messages undermining self-esteem and the almost inevitable mental distress that comes with it."

6. Take Your Anger to Work

"The communication of anger can improve organizational functioning and workplace environments, and can benefit not only you but also those around you."

7. Cultivate Communities and Accountability

"Anger can feel very isolating, but, in fact, it is an emotion that demands communication and conversation...Finding communities that validate and share your anger creates powerful opportunities for effective collective social action."

8. Challenge Binaries

"Binaries make up the male-female structure of the world. They mark the differences between home and work, personal and professional, private and political, and emotional and rational."

9. Trust Other Women

"The first women we know are our mothers, and yet we sometimes treat them, especially when they are angry, with the least compassion. That becomes a model for how we treat other women."

10. Accept a Desire for Power

"There is creativity in anger and much anger in creativity. Women are constantly manifesting rage in creative, productive, and visionary ways."

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Stay Mermazing,

<3 You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Rage-Becomes-Her-Power-Womens/dp/1501189557/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539762564&sr=8-1&keywords=rage+becomes+her