allowing myself to scream

screaming woman in black dress
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It bubbles up inside, a rage

A burning need to scream

To let it out, the lies we tell

The words that scar

And still we push it down

Fight against the science that

Tells us that we shouldn’t.

Be quiet, it says

Just keep that anger in.

I saw in the Guardian today that there is a new trend that is springing up all over the country, and that is the scream club. It is open to women and, essentially, they just go to an open space and scream as loud as they can.

It sounds ridiculous but I think there is a lot of power in letting out all that rage. And I think that it’s necessary for our health that we do let out any damaging emotions.

When my parents were breaking up and life felt like it was really falling to bits, I occasionally woke myself up screaming. I remember being really angry in my dream, and I would just take a deep breath and scream. It makes me think that even our subconscious can require us to let it all out.

I would be tempted to attend one of these groups if one appeared in my area. I would love to just go to a field somewhere, after a bad day at work, to just scream like a banshee. And I think it’s significant that these groups are for women. We are normally told to stay quiet and this is telling us to do the exact opposite.

Much Love

R xx

6 thoughts on “allowing myself to scream

  1. Margot Kinberg

    It is interesting, Rachel, and I don’t think it’s healthy, that society has taught women that we shouldn’t scream, be loud, and so on. But, of course, denying those emotions and pretending they’re not there is really bad for us on a lot of levels. I’m not surprised that scream clubs are becoming a thing.

    1. patientandkindlove

      It was interesting that the article was accompanied by a picture of the silhouette of some women on a hill howling at the moon. They looked just like the three witches in Macbeth and that, perhaps, furthers the idea that women who are loud are either possessed or mad. I might just be on my feminist high horse though!

  2. clcouch123

    Certainly, the club and experience sound cathartic. I’d go for it. I am reminded of Holly Hunter’s character at the start of BROADCAST NEWS, though her scream might have been more like a gasp or a cry with tears.

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