She has punk politics — a sustained commitment to rage, which she believes is leached out of women too early and too easily. They’re schooled in docility (a favorite word of hers): “Hiding our feelings . . . and not listening to yourself. Not listening to what is wrong for you and smiling when you’re just destroyed inside.” … Rage, for Despentes, is an antidote to complacency and despair. “Anger is not depression,” she has said in interviews. “Anger is working with desire and humor. Anger is destructive, but very active.”
- Parul Sehgal, “French Feminist Pulp That Spares No Pain”
Thinking about this as we prepare to go into rehearsals at Woolly Mammoth for Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops.