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English liberates and protects me.

English liberates me. English gives me an outlet for what would be left unsaid otherwise. Whether consciously or subconsciously, we carefully choose what to say and how to say it in our own language. Societal norms and pressures do exist as an unwritten code of laws, from which we can never be free. When communicating in our "shared" first language, we're bound by this hidden code and it takes some guts not to comply with it, for females in particular.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a feminist or any advocate of female rights. I just wanna say that I won't be outrageously wrong in pointing out that there are certain societal expectations on females in this country, or possibly in other countries as well, that they should be thoughtful, caring, agreeable, and not too vocal and argumentative. If they are, they will be labeled as a difficult person or even an annoying bitch. No?

For me, English frees females living in Japan and speaking the Japanese language from all the expectations and requirements posed on them. In fact, it's when I cannot help tweeting in English that I need an outlet to unleash my emotions and make my inner voice heard without caring about what other people might think, but wait. What would be happening if I ever offend others by saying what I really wanted to say? What could be the worst scenario? Shouldn't I articulate my thoughts and opinions and seek mutual understanding? If the attempt is failed, can we just agree to disagree? Why do I keep avoiding such confrontation?

Probably I see English as a vehicle to secure myself in a shelter, somewhere safe. English liberates me as well as protects me in a warm safe place to be. (294w)


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