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The power of women’s anger | Soraya Chemaly

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Anger is a powerful emotion — it warns us of threat, insult, indignity and harm. But across the world, girls and women are taught that their anger is better left unvoiced, says author Soraya Chemaly. Why is that, and what might we lose in this silence? In a provocative, thoughtful talk, Chemaly explores the dangerous lie that anger isn't feminine, showing how women's rage is justified, healthy and a potential catalyst for change.

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20 Comments on The power of women’s anger | Soraya Chemaly

  1. Any married man is perfectly aware of the power of a woman’s anger…. Just sayin’ 😉

  2. YoshiPeach Mario // 28th February 2019 at 4:04 pm // Reply

    There are so many outdated gender stereotypes here that she just rolls off as fact.

  3. MC Gaming NERD // 28th February 2019 at 4:14 pm // Reply

    the message I took away from this video is that you should always question those who have more power than you, because they will likely not live up tho the standard that they set for you.

  4. In what scenario are men specifically rewarded for being angry? The answer is no scenario whatsoever, other than scenarios where women are also rewarded for being angry, such as a strict teacher getting better results from their students, or a sportsman/woman driven to a win by embracing their anger. Her entire argument is based on this incorrect assumption.

  5. Man gets angry: Oh my God, look it’s toxic masculinity!

    Woman gets angry: You go girl, express that righteous fury!

  6. the people who disliked didn’t bother to watch. they read the title and made conclusions about the content.

  7. glitter mantis // 28th February 2019 at 4:27 pm // Reply

    i agree sm with her.

  8. In what world is visible anger a virtue? Everyone gets angry. Expressing anger through violence, tantrums, yelling, etc is not a virtue for either men or women. Never has an angry white man been viewed as virtuous because he’s angry. Everyone, including women, should learn to handle their anger with maturity and without getting heated. Women should NOT feel singled out, but they SHOULD feel guilty or even wrong if they handle their anger with impulsivity and visible anger. As should men. I’ve literally never seen someone scold a women for simply being angry.

    • i’d suggest that a portion of the voting populace of the US currently appreciates and openly lauds the power and charisma of an angry man, so i’d disagree with your use of “never”.

      that said? i agree that no action taken or word communicated in anger has ever done anything constructive and should never be encouraged, regardless of the sex of the person responsible for it.

  9. Thank you for this video.

  10. John Armstrong // 28th February 2019 at 4:52 pm // Reply

    Weird. My wife’s never had any trouble voicing her anger? She could fell a raging bull with one lash of her tongue.

  11. As a woman, so far the only person who has managed to make me angry, is my own mother LOL I just cant deal with this woman lol but really no one else… I dont think I agree that women arent allowed to be angry o.o I cant relate to this topic at all. Maybe here in Europe we are different lol but we all pretty chilled here lol

  12. Joannot Fampionona // 28th February 2019 at 5:05 pm // Reply

    Great talk and yest here comes the out of subject negative reaction of people who didn’t even watched the video.

  13. Do women have any idea how often men swallow their anger?

  14. i feel like in a lot of her examples she confuses anger with standing up for yourself. You can defend yourself perfectly fine without getting angry.

    • How? And what motivates you to do so?

      I suspect you’re conflating or confusing anger as an emotion with some particular notion of anger as a performance?? What does “anger” mean to you, in this statement?

  15. Ben Verzijlbergen // 28th February 2019 at 6:24 pm // Reply

    Women being angry in public and being accepted? Sure, why not. I can’t wait for men to stop holding themselves in either. Should be fun. More yelling, more pumping veins, more harsh remarks you can’t take back.. Sounds like it would do wonders for any society.

    Look, lady, I’m sorry you have lived a life in which you felt like you had to repress your feelings.. But a lot of us do it. Things would be a mess if no-one did that. Good things happen if we focus on getting along instead of having a conflict at every opportunity. I think that is more desirable for our community, and I’ll gladly sacrifice some of my expression for that.

  16. Stephanie Reid // 28th February 2019 at 7:11 pm // Reply

    This woman is an author, not a scientist or a psychologist. Anger is not an emotion to cling to. Most anger is not righteous. Anger turns to rage and violence.

  17. SKELTER1SKELTER // 28th February 2019 at 9:06 pm // Reply

    “Societies that don’t respect women’s anger, don’t respect women.” Not talking about the Western World then?

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