The Psychological Power Of Reclaiming Oppressive Language
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“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s words ― used to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week as she challenged Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general ― were transformed into a viral meme almost the moment they left his mouth.
Women across the internet quickly turned the demeaning (but somewhat poetic) language on its head, adopting it as their own motto ― a call for strong women to continue standing up in the face of adversity, and demand that their voices be heard.
“Mitch McConnell, bless his heart, has coined a new feminist rally cry,” the Chicago Tribune wrote.
The phrase was repeated in countless memes, often accompanied by photos of bold and heroic women, from Rosa Parks to Malala Yousafsi to Beyoncé. Warren, too, took the opportunity to show that she wouldn’t be silenced.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, #ShePersisted.” pic.twitter.com/ub
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