Back in 2008 I was in graduate school when President Obama was running for president for the first time. One of my professors talked a lot about current events, and would remark on how amazing it is that in America, people let go of power and hand it to someone else. As a born and raised American, this was unremarkable to be. It’s the way it always has been.
So I understand I’m in the same boat as a lot of people when it comes to Thanksgiving plans. This election was grueling, triggering, and disheartening. For people who are against Trump, many of us are scared of losing hard won rights and the legitimization of racism. Trump also managed to insult a lot of groups of people. For instance, he said immigration from the Philippines should be stopped because Filipinos are terrorists and animals.
In the wake of this election, I’m trying to figure out what to do next without falling into despair. And it is extremely difficult. Because it all comes back to the fact that I don’t feel like I have a voice in my government.
In a video released about his demeaning statements toward women, Trump called this issue a “distraction” from real issues facing our country. Right now, I have a feeling on November 8th women are going to rise up and say our right to live a life free from assault and to be seen as human beings are not a “distraction.” Because me and a lot of other woman I know are sick and tired of men like Trump objectifying us. Warnings below for discussions of sexual harassment, rape and assault.
I am not surprised that Trump made obscene, derogatory comments about assaulting women. He has been saying similar things throughout the campaign. He has complaints filed against him for sexual harassment, trafficking and rape, including rape of a 13 year old girl. Trump has shown time and again that he sees women as objects to satisfy him and not as human beings. This is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention.
Last night, I saw a woman accept the nomination to become the candidate for president for a major party for the first time in history. My heart swelled and I was teary eyed. I’ve always been a feminist, even before I knew what a feminist was. Women’s issues are extremely important to me. I was so uplifted to see this happening, finally happening!
I saw this patronizing article today attempting to psychoanalyze why Hillary Clinton supporters are so angry at Bernie. As a counselor, well, let’s say, the author should first rely more on the words of Hillary supporters rather than speaking for them. And it was more of the same paternalizing themes that are wrong, because it fails to acknowledge that people who voted for Hillary had valid reasons for doing so and, if Sanders supporters want to know why Hillary supporters are so livid, it is because we are being accused of being vagina voters who really would have preferred Sanders but did what our vaginas told us to. If you can’t see the conceit in that then I can’t do a lot for you.