We should all take ‘voice lessons’ from Dixie Chicks | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

This was in the newsfeed from the Houston Chronicle today. 

In the new spirit of media disclosure, I should tell you that I own several Dixie Chicks CDs. But I’m not writing this as an adoring bluegrass fan. I’m writing this as a shame and empathy researcher.

That was how Brene’ Brown started her piece. Brown is on the research faculty of the UofH Graduate  College of Social Work. This is what she said about the “Chicks”…

Three women stood up, spoke out and got slapped down by a culture that doesn’t take kindly to women folk who break the rules. And don’t make the mistake of thinking that only men are to blame. There are many wonderful, strong men who support authenticity in women, and there are plenty of women who pledge allegiance to silence. Often, when women live under the weight of silence and fear speaking out, they have the least tolerance for other women who break the rules — they use them as targets to discharge their pain and rage.

I was thrilled to hear about the Dixie Chicks’ big win at the Grammy Awards. I only wish that all women who have endured the pain of speaking out could be publicly acknowledged and have something on their mantel to remind them that it’s time to trade in the old “voice lessons” for some freedom.

In the spirit of disclosure, I’ll be honest in saying I own all of the Dixie Chicks CD’s and DVD’s. I like their music, I like their politics, and I like the fact that they are from my home state of Texas. A few days ago I commented on their win and how I felt the reaction to the comments about the President were exacerbated by the consolidation of media ownership. My comments were not liked by the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters). I stand by my belief as stated. The arguments against my assertions were unconvincing (to me at least).

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