Wednesday watch: Samantha Bee & John Oliver on facing reality of Trump

As we still grieve and process and prepare for action, a double recommendation this week on dealing with the wake of Trump’s victory. Watching these two comedians will be an important coping mechanism for four years of a Trump presidency.

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spoke about the importance of treating this election as anything but normal (a stance I couldn’t agree with more).

Samantha Bee looks at the sore winners in the Trump camp, and urges people to send Paul Ryan reports of hate crimes since he doesn’t seem to be taking the problem very seriously.

White people, we need to step up in the fight against Trump

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.

Continue reading “White people, we need to step up in the fight against Trump”

What it’s like canvassing in a swing state for Hillary Clinton


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.

Read the rest here.

Weekend reading

Fourteen year-old David Fargnoli has "TRUMP" shaved into his hair before a campaign rally with U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S. April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX2BKXJ
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The precarious masculinity of 2016 voters

Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows why white feminists must do better 

Trump surrogates have started normalizing sexual assault in a terrifying way

61 insults, 39 women: Trump’s long history of misogyny

The myth of abortion regret

30 days, 30 songs: Musicians join forces against Trump as election draws near

Experiencing, trying to avoid and constantly hearing about sexual assault are exhausting for women


Donald Trump’s candidacy isn’t funny anymore. We can’t look at the news without hearing about Trump barging into dressing rooms where women are naked, groping women and even objectifying a 10-year-old girl. It’s exhausting to face an onslaught of disgusting and demoralizing stories, and to see the responses rooted in rape culture that show why Donald Trump wasn’t shut down a long time ago. Continue reading “Experiencing, trying to avoid and constantly hearing about sexual assault are exhausting for women”

Get to know Mike Pence (though you might regret it)


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)”

(White) people need to call Donald Trump racist


When Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were asked in a debate last week if Donald Trump is racist, the correct answer was “YES,” followed by a mic drop.  Continue reading “(White) people need to call Donald Trump racist”

Ted Cruz perpetuates rape culture & gun myths in one fell swoop


If I were going to write a piece every time a Republican presidential candidate said something reprehensible, I’d have to quit my day job. I’m tempted to close my eyes and wait until it’s all over, but sometimes they just hit the intersection of so many harmful ideas at once that it makes your blood boil. Ted Cruz laid out this gem on a right-wing talk radio show this week:

“And as you know, Hugh, after Australia did that [gun buyback program], the rate of sexual assaults, the rate of rapes, went up significantly, because women were unable to defend themselves.”

Continue reading “Ted Cruz perpetuates rape culture & gun myths in one fell swoop”

Weekend reading


An innovative new program teaches Bay Area jail inmates gardening skills.

Ann Friedman analyzes Republican candidates’ attempts to pick a woman to put on the $10 bill.

Comedian Sarah Silverman says being put off by “political correctness” is “a sign of being old.” 

Here are 8 terms you can use instead of “anchor baby.”

Chicago Sun-Times writer says sex workers cannot be raped.

Matt Damon inadvertently demonstrates why Hollywood isn’t more diverse.

Immigrant woman could face deportation after she tried to go to the doctor.

Twitter was not amused by Vanity Fair’s celebration of late-night TV’s sausage fest.

If you like Return of the Jedi but hate the Ewoks, you understand feminist criticism.

Remember Sarah Palin? Women don’t vote for a woman just because she’s a woman

fiorina gop debate

Carly Fiorina is being hailed as the winner of last week’s Republican presidential debate (a dubious honor if there ever was one). She certainly came across as more polished and articulate than many of her bumbling opponents. But the New York Times is giving way too much credence to Republicans’ argument that she could help the party appeal to women:

With a debate performance that was steely and at times deeply personal,Carly Fiorina appears to have improved her standing in the race to be the Republican nominee. But even if she falls short, she took a big stride toward filling a role her party badly needs: a credible antidote to the gender gap and the Democrats’ claims of a Republican “war on women.”

Carly Fiorina isn’t an antidote to the war on women. She’s a soldier in it. Continue reading “Remember Sarah Palin? Women don’t vote for a woman just because she’s a woman”