Well, hell: the 2016 Election, Part 1

I’ve successfully moved from next-day depression to a sort of numbness on Thursday, to anger with resolve starting the Friday after the travesty that is the 2016 election. I’m interested in hearing how other women are doing, especially those of us in the US, but also women in countries that will be impacted by this presidency. Which seems to be most other countries, given US behavior.

I know of many, many women and no small number of men, who cried all day Wednesday, some of whom were still tearful on Thursday. And Friday. We grieve, we work to heal all that is broken. And there is so much broken. From here:

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Trust. Young Black women look at me in daylight much the same way that women look at men on deserted streets at night, and this alone breaks my very soul to pieces. Gray-headed white het-married woman sans college degree, very much working class, the demographic of hate, among women.

The future. Parts of Canada are thirty degrees warmer now in November, setting records 20 degrees (Fahrenheit, thankfully, and not Celsius) above the previous records.

The gains of social justice. From Black and women’s voting rights to rights to bodily sovereignty also called abortion rights to Lesbian and gay marriage to Title-freaking-IX to something nearer to decency for desperate immigrants, rights we’ve fought so damned hard for are up in the air.

How can we grieve all of this at once?

How can we come together to heal our communities? How do we give to those communities, and more specifically to one another, and still nourish and nurture ourselves? If we can’t function then activism is over. So — how do we heal ourselves? What steps do we take? For ourselves, and then for the most-marginalized, and for all who are marginalized, among us?

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3 thoughts on “Well, hell: the 2016 Election, Part 1

  1. Yes. We just keep going and speaking out, writing. But I’m getting fed up with being scapegoated and bullied by those who voted for the Greens (they never answer about the UK Greens using “non-male” instead of “women” to not offend men) and those who wrote in Sanders’ name against his will. They might feel guilty, but they should think about what they did.

  2. Thank you for this post! Just have to add that none of the statistics mention white Lesbians/working class Lesbians or Jewish women, who did NOT vote for Trump. We are erased, as usual. Not fair to make assumptions about old white women who worked hard against the nazis. We need to keep reminding those who are lumping us all together for criticism, that most women who voted for Trump voted with their men.

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