The nightmare has become reality. A bigoted, misogynistic sexual predator has gone from punchline to president-elect of the United States. Like many people, I’ve spent much of the last week wallowing in the immense grief this news has caused, and focusing on the self care that is important for activists to stay in the fight long term.
And fight we must. The discussion about what should have been done differently has only just begun. We must continue that conversation and ensure that we take the right lessons from this experience. But we also have work to do to prepare to greet the era of Trump with the full force of a defiant movement that will not let his hatred represent our country and endanger our people.
This endless slog of an election can wear you down, especially with the avalanche of hatred Donald Trump has unleashed. It’s easy to feel powerless and discouraged.
I find one of the best ways to get some perspective is to get out and talk to voters directly rather than wallowing in press coverage. It gives you a mission and some agency and is a tremendously important part of winning an election. I spent last weekend in Reno going door to door for Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates, and I wrote a piece about what that experience was like for Broke-Ass Stuart.
I tense up as the tall gray-haired man wearing grandpa glasses yells to grab our attention and then stands a little too close for comfort. I was with 3 other women outside a Starbucks in Reno wearing Hillary Clinton t-shirts as we got ready to knock on doors and talk to voters. Outside of my Bay Area bubble, I realize I’m assuming random people (well, white men at least) are Trump supporters until they prove otherwise. I prepare myself for a possible lecture about how we shouldn’t whine about Donald Trump’s tape since we ladies all love reading 50 Shades of Grey so much.
Donald Trump rightly gets a huge amount of attention for his horrendous rhetoric. But his running mate Governor Mike Pence has actually done the kinds of reprehensible things that Trump only talks about. He may appear relatively harmless in comparison, but don’t let exceeding that very low standard reassure you. Continue reading “Get to know Mike Pence (though you might regret it)”
Despite the many challenges we still face, it’s clear to anyone who’s paying attention that there’s a vibrant, powerful feminist movement in this country, with enormous contributions from young activists. Yet some prominent women seem almost willfully ignorant of this, and keep alienating people they should be trying to ally with. Continue reading “Why are some women leaders so out of touch with young feminists?”