TAPPING INTO anger
Soraya Chemaly’s new book, Rage Becomes Her (Jonathan Ball, R285), has been aptly described as “a battle cry for women’s right to rage” and should be essential reading for all. Award-winning writer and activist Chemaly uses scientific research, in-depth interviews and personal experiences to investigate why women the world over are expected to keep their anger silent and their rage in check.
This transformative book is a rallying call to women to not only understand their anger, but embrace it and use it as a tool for positive change. That includes anger triggered by experiences such as being overlooked, overworked, underpaid, condescended to or judged.
For too long, women have been told to grin and bear it, keep it inside and remain lady-like. But channeling their anger inwards causes it to manifest as tearfulness, depression and even sickness. Chemaly shares this frightening fact: “Women are three times more likely than men to develop disabling and painful auto-immune illnesses, those in which the body. . . attacks itself by producing self-damaging antibodies.” She offers 10 useful strategies for channeling one’s anger and using it productively.
This is one book you need to read. –