Today in Women’s Studies (11/2/12) we watched a film in class. The film was of the Michigan Women’s Festival. Our assignment was to reflect on how Audre Lorde’s “The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action” relates to our blog topic. We were also supposed to touch on “What does using one’s voice mean?”

My blog is all about getting the word out there, to educate and motivate others out there about sex trafficking. Audre Lorde’s “The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action,” relates to my blog topic because women that are victims of sex trafficking should let their voice be heard. The Somaly Mam Foundation provides a platform for survivors to let their voices be heard. They go out and speak to the young boys and their communities to educate them about the oppression women face with sex trafficking. Educating the young boys can hopefully stop them from treating women wrong as they grow up. The boys will hopefully want to help the women and treat them better. Using one’s voice actively helps spread education and knowledge. Knowledge is key in defeating trafficking. The Indigo Girls use their song, “Closer to Fine,” to let people know that life is short and we should take women for granted. That’s what I got out of the lyrics. I enjoyed listening to this song as well as   Ani DiFranco’s “Grand Canyon.” It was helpful having the lyrics on a piece of paper. People take risks when they let their voice be heard, but it is a way to take a stand. That is what I got out of the film about the Michigan Women’s Music Festival.