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Episode 174: How to Navigate Speaking Up About Something Controversial

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Two weeks ago I did something I swore I’d never do:

I started talking publicly about informed consent, body autonomy, and medical freedom as it relates to immunizations.

This message is not about immunizations, though.

This message is about navigating speaking up about something controversial, particularly when it appears that you’re on the less popular side.

I knew speaking up would mean I would lose followers.

I knew speaking up would likely mean we’d lose sales.

I did not know that speaking up would wreak such havoc on my nervous system, however.

I did not know that 24 hours after my post went live I would want to take it back and crawl in a hole for the rest of my life.

And I did not know that on the other side of the initial fallout I would feel stronger, more informed, and more myself than I’d ever felt before.

I also had no idea that taking a public stand about something so polarizing would bring gifts beyond my wildest imaginings.

This week on the podcast we’re sharing about the journey of speaking out about something we believe in at the risk of losing followers, money, and cache.

Listen in to find out:

Once you’ve listened in I would love to hear from you.

Have you ever spoken out about something you believed in that was unpopular or controversial? What were the risks? What were the rewards? How did you navigate any potential fall-out? Leave a comment and let me know!

Know this: If you feel like you can’t talk about something, especially when it questions the mainstream, it’s because someone is benefitting from your fear and silence.

But they can’t benefit anymore when you speak up. And the more who speak up, the stronger our voices become.

No matter what your stand is, even if I don’t agree, know that I support your right to say something about it and that I’m cheering you on for saying something even if you’re scared. Especially then.

How to Navigate Speaking Up About Something Controversial

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  • Candice says:

    Thank you for speaking up for this!! Bodily autonomy and medical freedom is so important! Fear drives people to willingly give up their freedom. My daughter is injured by immunizations and it’s way more common than people think. People are waking up and speaking their truths. I love you even more for speaking up against the ‘popular’ groupthink.

    • Kate Northrup says:

      I’m so sorry that you’ve been through that with your daughter, Candice. I will keep speaking up even though the vote didn’t turn out the way I wanted in Maine. We will shift the tide eventually!

  • Laura says:

    WOW! What an incredible episode! I am definitely NOT disappointed in you. I am in awe, inspired, proud, and motivated by both your words and actions.

  • Sara says:

    I am so happy to hear you speaking up about this important topic of body autonomy. I agree 100% that as women are able to make empowered choices in their lives, rooted in their own wisdom, then it empowers EVERYONE to step up and speak to their own truth. Being a mother to a 5 year old girl, I see how important it is for me to make decisions from a place of rooted, embodied wisdom because I am teaching her, by example, how to be in the world. My own mother was fiercely independent, yet still followed the advice of doctors and mainstream media to a large degree. I am going through my own personal challenges of letting go of people pleasing and it’s wonderful to hear that echoed in your podcast. Thank you!

  • Jesse Gleason says:

    I am inspired by your episode and I really want to “come out” about my vaccine knowledge and research on FB and social media, but I am still too scared. I know that it will wreak havoc on my nervous system and I’m not quite ready for it. I am little by little getting more vocal about it, especially due to the fact that in CT there is a bill currently moving through the House of Reps that will take away our religious exemption. It’s really awful and insidious what is happening all over the country with Big pHARMa trying to take away our medical freedom. Anyway, thank you again for this episode and for speaking up about this issue. I draw strength from you speaking up about it…as I hope one days others will draw strength from hearing my voice. Blessings.

    • Kate Northrup says:

      You do what you need to do to take care of you Jesse and trust that as you tend to your nervous system and more and more of us speak up, you will know when the time is right.

  • Kellie says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. A powerful podcast to go with your equally powerful posts and stories. My heart feels hopeful (and more empowered) with you and all of the others who’ve cheered showing up here. We are not alone. 💛

  • Holly says:

    It is so true about the bias in so many things we use to get our information. I’ll never forget about a time back in high school (circa early 2000) and our librarian was teaching us about doing google searching and pointed out how you always need to question the source of the information. The example used was for MLK and the 2nd top link was accusing him for a whole host of offensive acts. Ever since then I have always questioned my sources. As I have gotten more into my degree it has always become clear you can always find things for both sides of the argument. Thank you for doing this episode and highlighting the importance of being educated and the importance of listening to ourselves.

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