While embarking on a feminist security studies reading that I expect to find very dry, I stumble across this. I thought some of you might like it as well!

Yet, the very problem is that many women, like the mythical Little Mermaid in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, are prevented from being subjects worthy of speaking.

I'm taking a 'security studies' class and we get one week on feminist security studies, which basically means scholars picking apart how discussions of security always focus on the actions, histories, thoughts, and inventions of men. It's a neat topic that tries to shift a discussion that's usually about male government people into a different frame. This quote is a part of a larger discussion about how studies of security often assume that everyone is equally capable of speaking and having a voice, which is a notion that completely overlooks the silencing of women across the globe.