Recently I was told by more than one person that the picture Brianna is using on Facebook is disturbing. I added the same paragraph to each response to those people and will include it here as well:
Brianna's picture was in support of people who can not speak for themselves. Movies and books such as "Speak" and "The Stoning of Soraya M." showcase girls/women who can not speak for themselves in the society they live in. All too often young girls and even much older women fear the consequences of standing up for themselves and speaking out against domestic violence and other assaults. The knife (actually a box cutter) represents the ability to remove the shackles of society and let your voice be heard. Sadly, too many people would look at that picture and wonder if she is mentally unstable or something... all the more reason we should rebuild our society to allow women to stop fearing punishment for defending themselves.
And this is one more reason I feel a need to encourage my daughter even more for standing up for what she believes in.