“I will not run, I will not turn, I will not hide”
And so, a small lesson from Suzanne Vega on being fearless. I’ve always found this song tremendously inspiring, or empowering as the lingo goes now. Vega has never been the angry activist type, but in her unassuming way she’s been a great role model for growing up feminist. It’s her quiet intelligence and level-headed stance on delicate emotional doings – she’s just the exact sort of intellectual, self contained, artistic, non-crazy person anyone would want to be. And this song of course – an acknowledgement that we live, as women, in the constant shadow of violence and the possibility of being killed at any time, and yet we can live without fear and stand up without blinking to those who would do us harm. I don’t know if that’s what the singer meant, but that’s what I get from it. That being vulnerable doesn’t equal being afraid, and courage is a great, great strength.