Knowing Femme Feministe Lara Witt
Words by Ndemazea Fonkem
Published Dec. 3, 2018
As any writer will tell you, writing is hard.
Even with the plethora of words in all the world’s languages, it’s still difficult to put the together the right string of words to fully express oneself. It’s a grueling process that takes time and effort, picking apart every piece of your brain to produce but a few words on a page.
In short, it’s hard to do. Lara Witt does it anyway.
The 30-year-old soon-to-be author and consultant has been writing since she was young.She continues to write today. Currently in the process of drafting a novel, Witt is a prolific writer published in Teen Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New York Daily News. Her articles, ranging from discussions on race to sexuality, all display the wide range of talent and knowledge that lies with Witt. To her, writing isn’t to achieve a goal or convey a message -though those may be subsequent benefits- she writes for herself.
“Writing comes the most naturally to me, it is who I am. I don’t recognize myself when I’m not writing as often,” said Witt. For her, the written word helps to express herself—there was no need to censor or correct herself, but instead Wit had the chance to speak freely with no filter, and to communicate with the world in the best way she knows how.
Witt also acts as the editor and manager for Wear Your Voice, a digital platform whose mission is to be “a digital platform whose mission is to educate, inspire and empower society and create positive change in the world we live in.”
With pieces that fall under the spectrum of identity, entertainment, and lifestyle, Wear Your Voice provides a platform for those whose voices are oft not heard, instead working for them to be heard.
The message of Witt’s work can be summarized in one line: “...We all write based on who we are and how our experiences shape us.” That can be changed from person to person, but according to Lara Witt, what we write is who we are.
“I believe that writing should be there to shift our cultural attitudes, I believe that it should dismantle oppressions—so most of my work attempts to do that.”
See the rest of the articles from issue four here.