Article Title

Untying the tongue

Authors

Betsy Warland

Abstract

what prompted me to write open is broken was the reahzation that the Enghsh language tongue-ties me. this 'restricted mobility' was most apparent in my attempts to speak of my erotic life, such speechlessness is not peculiar to me. few erotic texts exist in north american women's writing, is it taboo? TABOO: 'ta, mark + bu, exceedingly.' are women afraid to 'mark' the paper? or as Hélène Cixous writes, 'inscribe' ourselves? it is difficult, women already feel (are) far too vulnerable in this society. 'To write: I am a woman is heavy with consequences.' (Nicole Brossard, These Our Mothers)

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