Margaret Cho: a fierce, compassionate, and a compelling warrior and survivor. Through her public battles and advocations she was able to help and empower countless people of different backgrounds and identities.
Something I said I’d like to improve on in my introductory post is stating my opinions and beliefs accurately and advocating for them. I think this was a good goal for the type of eminent person I chose for myself. This also relates to when we read the letter Racism by David Suzuki and had discussions about when we could have spoken up for others but did not. My improvements on this is definitely not drastic but I think I still improved up to some degree.
I now have a stronger stance on how we shouldn’t be embarrassed about our own opinions and beliefs. Margaret has shown so well over the years that she has absolutely no shame because the stuff she believes in are that much important to her. One of the many reasons I was hesitant about speaking up about my own beliefs and opinions is that I was afraid others would judge me and disagree. Other than having no shame, Margaret is also very open-minded and is completely okay with being “wrong” in her beliefs and opinions sometimes. Although her stances are generally pretty strong, if someone tells her an opinion different from her own but with insights she agrees upon more than her own, she will easily say, “oh, you’re right, I agree.” I think understanding how we don’t always have to stick to our original word and that our opinions and beliefs can always shift will help me make this improvement.
Another thing Margaret has taught me is that if we have a painful past, we shouldn’t have to be ashamed of it. Topics such as mental illness and sexual harassment are very stigmatized and are often portrayed incorrectly in the media and by society. Sometimes they are often even romanticized such as having a beautiful teenage girl in a movie go through both mental illness and rape and conveying it as stuff that are not as bad when they are so, unimaginably ugly. As someone who’d been through both of these I had always been extremely ashamed and embarrassed to talk about them. Margaret has taught me otherwise. It is an unbelievably sensitive topic to myself and many others and I understand more than anything that it is normal to feel uncomfortable to talk about this. However, I think it is important to understand that we shouldn’t be ashamed of having this past, because it is not our fault that we have been, or are going through these. Having this past does not make me or anyone else any lesser of a human being.