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Take the Power of Media Away From Trump

What’s terrifying about Trump is that he’s somehow gaining power despite having even less of it than he used to. We’ve exposed his secrets and lies, caught him on everything, and are disgusted with him when he does terrible acts. He’s shamed on television, radio, and in real life. But somehow this isn’t bringing him down. Somehow, he says morally reprehensible, ugly, and shocking things that are causing people to start frothing for his vision to work, including taking his words into their own hands and attacking people we didn’t have this level of issue with.

I’m not saying we didn’t have problems with racism, religious backlash, and homophobia before. We have and still do. We’re working on it. But his words are throwing the entire nation into such a disgusting pool of degradation that now there is no going forward. It’s a fight against a minority that’s so loud that it’s taking lives, or dehumanizing those lives, or attacking those lives, that we’ve lost control of the minority. They (including those we elected, not just normal people) are just ripping through whoever disagrees with them, disregarding law and plain sensibility.

I knew the republican party was becoming more extremist; we all did. But for their front runner to be such a loathsome, over the top enemy to our values that we can compare him to ISIS and have no problem with the comparison… They are bringing the United States down. Somehow, they’ve created a monster so insidious that it’s already starting to affect who we are as a nation. Don’t laugh at them. Don’t just be angry at them. Trump has this power because the media is on him. I know what I’m about to ask is hard. We all want to be disgusted so that our rage will carry us to the election, but the election is too far away and too much damage has already been done.

I think it’s time for a media blackout on Donald Trump. Find something in the infinite amount of news that isn’t him.  If he can’t get our attention, then he can’t get to the others. He may be the most interesting, horrifying thing you’ve ever seen, the greatest train wreck ever to watch, but that train wreck is becoming us.

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The Feminist Prospect of Change

It occurs to me that part of the problem that people find with feminism is the absolute overhaul that feminism wants.  Equality for everyone, responsibility for everyone, choice for everyone!  There is a lot of fear in change, and it’s becoming very apparent.

For instance, despite our rousing success in making women and people of different ethnicity a bigger part of the political system, there are still other invasive problems that people do not want to address.  Heterosexual people want the man to propose, and not the woman.  How could we break away from such a cherished tradition, such a romantic ideal?

And why would we want to deny a woman her moment to feel beautiful or sexy?  Not every comment is harassment! And why shouldn’t we worship a woman for bringing life into the world?  She’s amazing for doing so!

These arguments are sound, but the idea behind feminism isn’t breaking the traditions that people want, but to deal with the underlying problems that come from those situations.  Like the woman being considered property, or street harassment, or staring at a woman for nine months and denying her her very identity as anything but a breeder.

It’s also dealing with the denial of other types of lifestyles, like being gay, transgender, single, childfree, childless, or being considered less because you don’t fit into the beauty ideal, or being older, or having the wrong fashion.  When women deny that they are feminist despite believing in the strength of women and the need for equality, they are trying to brush off the uncomfortable need for change that underlies all of our traditions.  They are trying to break down the conversation of us needing to be inclusive of all people.  It’s too much change, too much responsibility, too much freedom for them to handle, and they refuse to be a part of it.

People who deny being feminist might also have the false idea that feminists are not inclusive, or believe that they want to make inequality work for them, such as making men less a part of society or denying them their rights.  Which might be true for some people who call themselves feminists and hide behind the label (another discussion for another time).  But it isn’t the core of feminism.  Feminism requires change for the better.

Change is uncomfortable and slow.  But it might just be slow because no one wants to be uncomfortable.

But people should start being uncomfortable with the way that they live, and the exclusion and violence that happens in the world.  They damn well had better be uncomfortable, because it isn’t right.  It isn’t right for people to be raped as a weapon of war or as a sign of power, it isn’t right for people to be objectified and made less because of their lifestyle, and it isn’t right for people to be constantly told that they have to fit into a tiny square of acceptability or the world will hurt them.

Be responsible with your life.  Don’t ignore what’s wrong with the world because you’re too uncomfortable to admit that it’s there.  That denial will sit with you.  You have to take action.  And feminism is action.

Keep it Real!

Welcome to the Keep it Real challenge, a 3 day rally on the internet to ask magazines to put non-photoshopped pictures in their issues.  This is the second day, where people are encouraged to talk about the price we pay for allowing unreachable expectations in beauty.

I’d like to say that I’m above being manipulated by pictures of celebrities.  We don’t watch TV in our house very often, and when we do it’s mostly cartoons.  I don’t read magazines, sans Mother Jones.  I don’t even go to that many movies, maybe two a year.  And yet I still see this model form.  This picture of what we consider perfection.  And I’m constantly ashamed of my body, no matter how gaunt I end up looking.

I don’t think we understand how pervasive this phenomenon is.  How many celebrities are anorexic?  When even the celebrities we admire for their thinness don’t have the self esteem to be proud of their bodies, we’ve gone too far.  I believe it’s the shaming.  When celebrities gain weight, the magazines immediately send word.  And then the rest of us feel that we should be ashamed as well for gaining any weight, no matter how little.  No one can compete with the humiliation machine.

I wish I could say that it would be great if magazines would stop photoshopping.  Unfortunately, it won’t solve the problem.  Our society is too intent on shaming itself, and we almost thrive on it.  It feels satisfying to some that a celebrity isn’t the perfect form, because it somehow pulls them down to our level.  We hate them, we love them, we want to be like them, so we drag them through the mud for being what no one actually is.  And then we end up hating ourselves.

So, we could all keep it real if we would just get off each other’s backs about our looks.  We don’t need shame to be motivated to stay healthy and happy!  Bodies worth admiring have mouths that speak kindly, eyes that don’t judge, and hands that don’t backstab.

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