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I started a new blog for women who want to speak their mind, anonymously, about anything. The blog may very well become a journal. You can keep up with the progress of the project here: fledermaus.  Consider the quotes below concerning our freedom and the freedom of others around the world. Women are especially vulnerable in exercising their right to free speech, even in writing fiction and work that is not intended to be taken literally. Fledermaus will be for all works of fiction or nonfiction, regardless of genre as long as the writing sings. Speak to us and let us hear your voice. Women from all over the globe are invited to submit their work. More details will be posted soon. Thank you for your interest. Here are the promised quotes:

“A desire for privacy does not imply shameful secrets; Moglen argues, again and again, that without anonymity in discourse, free speech is impossible, and hence also democracy. The right to speak the truth to power does not shield the speaker from the consequences of doing so; only comparable power or anonymity can do that.”
Nick Harkaway, The Blind Giant    

“Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.”
Catherine of Siena

“This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.”
Euripides, The Phoenician Women    

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

[The One Un-American Act, Speech to the Author’s Guild Council in New York, on receiving the 1951 Lauterbach Award (December 3, 1952)]”
William O. Douglas

“Imagination sees the complete reality, – it is where past, present and future meet… Imagination is limited neither to the reality which is apparent – nor to one place. It lives everywhere. It is at a centre and feels the vibrations of all the circles within which east and west are virtually included. Imagination is the life of mental freedom. It realizes what everything is in its many aspects … Imagination does not uplift: we don’t want to be uplifted, we want to be more completely aware.”
Khalil Gibran

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