Something about women freely expressing themselves seems to drive the culture a little crazy.
Ever since Erika Worth decided to stop censoring her opinions, she’s been the target of random hate messages and obscene emails from male strangers. Worth grew more vocal after the last presidential election, she said — and so did her audience of eager haters.
Worth, 47, shrugs them off. Their gratuitous rage proves that she’s put her finger right on a cultural button, she said. There’s no way she’s going to stop pressing it.
“I’m tough,” Worth said, after working for years as a private investigator whose mission is protecting vulnerable females and taking down “bad guys” who exploit them, as she put it. “I have a passion for protecting women and children.”
If she sounds powerful and sure, she grew up anything but. Worth survived a really rough childhood in a stereotypically broken home, she said: a missing father and voiceless mother who was both oppressed and oppressive.
“She had no voice to give me,” Worth said. “Women have not been allowed to express themselves, and every generation silences the next generation.