A couple of months back I had a man email me in response to an article I wrote about my views on feminism. (You can read those here.) He said some very nasty things in his email and it hurt my heart. At first I said, "Oh well, you can't please everyone" and I let it go. The next day I received three email from him. The day after that it was five emails. At one point I was getting between 10-15 emails a day from this man telling me what a terrible person I am for writing against feminism, and asking if I don't understand what feminism has done for me. The emails became aggressive and dark. I allowed myself to be intimidated my this internet troll. I stopped writing about feminism because I didn't want to read anymore nasty emails.
I allowed him to silence me.
When I was going through and preparing to post up my goals I spoke with my husband. He asked me what my "focus" was here at Forgiven Former Feminist. He asked why I wasn't writing about feminism anymore. I confessed what had been going on and B graciously offered to help me put up some protective walls and reminded me that he is there for me. B encouraged me, so that I could continue encouraging other women.
So this year I will pick back up on my writing. I will write openly and honestly. I will not be afraid.
I will not be silenced.