I consider myself a strong woman. I am grateful and appreciative and whatever other synonyms apply for the fact that women throughout history fought for my rights to be viewed as equal. One might say that I have taken them for granted. I live in America, the home of the free, the land of the brave. We are progress. But maybe I was wrong. I was blinded by my own group of people who understood my cause, if not fully supported it with me. It was hard to believe that I wasn't seeing the face of a joyful woman this morning in the news. Allison said it right:
The problem w/surrounding yourself with like-minded sane ppl means you live in blissful ignorance. I'm shocked/saddened at what's happening.— AA (@allisona15) November 9, 2016
The next 4 years will hold a vast amount of change. Some things will be for the better, but I imagine some things will not. I imagine that many changes will hurt groups who have made significant progress in the last decade, women, minorities, LGBT, the list goes on. If you are feeling confident about the results of this election, please, pleasssseeee explain why to me.
I'll admit that I took that "who should I vote for" quiz on Tuesday morning. I can tell you that I tried to be objective. I looked at my agree/disagree list for Clinton, Stein, and Trump. Yes, you read that I right, I actually gave Trump a chance. Here's the problem. He did actually reflect some of my thoughts on certain issues, but issues most important to me: women's/human rights, education, economy, things that directly apply to me, we did not agree on, or he doesn't have a stance on.
I tell myself that in our political system, it takes a long time for change to happen. Maybe he won't be able to make things happen that he's said he will (I mean, Obama was shutting down Guantanamo Bay for 9 years and I'm still laughing my way to the bank on that one), and truthfully, that's what I'm hoping for. But the real truth is that the Republicans control the House and the Senate. They will vote on a Supreme Court Justice who will have an effect on rulings for decades. These effects won't just be felt for a few years, but for decades. But we're too busy worrying that someone in a hijab is going to blow up a building that we can't see how we are unraveling centuries of progress.
This tweet resonated with me this morning:
I never wanted my daughters to write the story. I wanted my daughters to enter the world like I did, screaming about their girl power and taking no shit and demanding equality because we are equal. We might be different, but we are still equal.Progress is two steps forward, one step back. We are on the path. The end of this story hasn't been written. Your daughters will write it.— Genevieve Angelson (@GenevieveAngel) November 9, 2016
Finally, I want to share this post from Teh Ginger (ignore the heat of the moment typos).
Not all men share the same views as Teh Ginger, which is scary that we live in a world where people decide the fate of another person without much consideration. I hope and pray and whatever else I can that this election will not undo centuries worth of progress. I hope that Trump can somehow not destroy the country I call home.
I'm hoping to pass through this funk quickly. Trump isn't the president yet so I'll keep enjoying Obama's presidency and hope that he keeps putting out entertaining clips until he's no longer president. After that, I'll go on youtube and watch the clips with nostalgia. That said, I'll probably be wearing black for the rest of the week. That seems like a solid period of mourning for an America that could have had a female president.
Election confessions:-This was my first election in SC. I'm pretty sure the lady that set up the ballot machine was using a Super Nintendo cartridge to load my ballot. I considered asking her if she had to blow into it to make it work sometimes, but I was afraid she wouldn't get it. #ageprofiling
-There was some true SC entertainment while I waited in line while a lady bitched to anyone that was listening that she had to move her car to a different handicap spot that wasn't in front of the building. The handicap person was her mother, who was in line and who told her just to move the car. The daughter bitched and groaned for about half of the time I was in line. Only half because the first half, she was moving the car 50 feet away and then bitching at the guy who told her to move. The lady in front of me said, "Maybe she doesn't know she's on 'Tolerance Way'", pointing out a "road sign" that said "Tolerance Way". My polling location was at an elementary school, so this definitely made me giggle.
-SC is a red state. It hurts my purple-y soul. Purple-y because based on my "who should I vote for results", I'm a centralist. See also: It's hard being Megan. #Meganproblems
-Despite being a red state, Charleston county was blue!! #allthejoy
-At 4pm on election day, someone posted in our community page asking if it was too late to register to vote. I, literally, could not even. She's been posting on the community page for months, so it's not like she's new to the area. #AREYOUSERIOUSRIGHTNOW
Non-election related confessions:-Websites that don't have a link to their homepage on every single one of their pages are complete bullshit. I'm looking at you Progressive. #getyourshittogether
-I lurve me some chat with companies. I do not lurve their macro responses. Nor do I love when chat reps cannot provide service. #thisis2016
-I know everyone is selling something these days, but I reallyyyyy hate it when I'm added to groups on FB for selling stuff. Not only do I get all those notifications, then I have to leave the group and I feel like I'm turning my back on a friend, but I just.. can't. No. Hard NO. #SayingNoSavesMoney
-I have asked ZERO of my friends if they know what the surprise is that Teh German has had on the calendar for a month+. #selfcontrol It's absolutely killing me.
-I took out my Mickey studs for my trip to DC since I was going to meetings that I wanted to look "professional" at. Then I put them right back in my 2nd holes and put hoops in the first holes, because #priorities and #disney4life #notsorry.