Gloria Wants You to Be Outrageous
Gloria Steinem is turning 75 (if you can belive that— the woman looks fabulous). In her honor, the Ms. Foundation is starting a social change campaign called “Outrageous Acts for Simple Justince.” Apparently Gloria started urging people to be outrageous years ago:
If each person in the room promises that…the very next day she or he will do at least one outrageous thing in the cause of simple justice, then I promise I will, too. It doesn’t matter whether the act is as small as saying, “Pick it up yourself” …or as large as calling a strike…. [Watch the video here.]
I (this is Sarah writing) think this is a fabulous idea, very much in keeping with the Smithie spirit.
So what’s my outrageous act? Well, it’s going to be right here: I’d like to come out on this blog. Yep, I’m queer and a Smith alum. I sometimes feel as if I have to censure my queer identity when I’m promoting Smith—ostensibly because there is a “reputation issue”—but that’s bogus! If there’s one thing that Smith taught me to have, it’s confidence—in myself, in my mind, and in my potential. So here I am: Out and proud and a Smith alumna. And if that gives the college a “reputation,” then it’s one it should celebrate.
What’s your outrageous act?
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