Farieda Ilhami Zulaikha
Why talk when you are a shoulder or a vault
Why talk when you are helmeted with numbers
Fists have many forms; a fist knows what it can do
Without the nuisance of speaking; it grabs and smashes
From those inside or under words gush like toothpaste
Language, the fist proclaims by squeezing is for the weak only
In arguing the necessity of language, feminist theorists assume that language has never been neutral. It only serves the dominance in the social world where women are not counted. A poem by Margaret Atwood above illustrates how women are undervalued in language practice, which places them nowhere.