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.
Hey everybody! I’ve been swamped between my five classes and my internship, so I haven’t posted this week. So here’s a special wildfeminist Saturday blog: Bad news offset by cute animals edition!
Anyone following politics knows Republicans are launching a full out war on women. But you may not know how many anti-women votes the Republicans cast since January 2011. Well, a report released last week by Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Ca.) has the answer: 55! That’s right, Republicans voted to take away women’s rights or make their lives miserable 55 times.
“We are dismayed that the court expressly refused to consider the interests of women who are seeking lawful prescription medication and essentially held that the religious practice of individuals trumps women’s health care,” said ACLU spokesman Ed Yohnka. “We think the court could not be more wrong.”
In Tennessee, a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls explicitly excludes student IDs.
In Wisconsin, college students are newly disallowed from using university-provided housing lists or corroboration from other students to verify their residence.
Florida’s reduction in early voting days is expected to reduce the number of young and first-time voters there.
And Pennsylvania’s voter identification bill, still on the books for now, disallows many student IDs and non-Pennsylvania driver’s licenses, which means out-of-state students may be turned away at the polls.
Indiana law bars same-sex marriage, but lawmakers are set to write that ban into the state constitution in the next two years.
The Pence campaign cites research from the conservative Washington-based think tank, the Heritage Foundation, showing children raised in two-parent parent households perform better as adults. The campaign said in its issue paper released Tuesday the state would be the first in the nation to use marriage and “the success equation” as the basis for combating poverty.
Yep, that’s all I’ve got for now. Must rush off to do capstone things.
Many people are disenchanted with the idea of voting or involving themselves in politics. It’s been a hard year, and as always with presidential election years, the media has nothing else it wants to talk about. Unfortunately, people are more likely not to vote when they are bombarded with information.
We’re also dealing with very left and right candidates, which makes sense because usually only the hard core supporters vote during the primaries, picking the person the rest of us are left with. I would say vote in the primaries, but we are way past that.
With all the social and economical issues at stake, we really need to get in gear and make sure that people we know vote, and know why they are voting. Many people don’t see the point. They think their vote doesn’t count, or that the outcome won’t effect them, and if it does, well, they can just live with it until the next election because it can’t possibly be that bad.
My wordpress community knows better, and I think we can all agree that a vote is always important.
So what’s at stake?
I could keep going, but I think you get the point. The stakes are too high, and we have to be informed, and we have to care.
I have until October 8th to make sure that people are registered to vote. Check to see when your cutoff date is, and let people know how dangerous it is not to vote.
Voting registration information:
This link will ask you about most of the issues and how you feel about them: http://www.isidewith.com/presidential-election-quiz
And this video is from 2008 (and Myspace, my God!), but it’s still relevant: http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/43877316
This election, something you care about is being voted on. And if you don’t register or vote, someone else is going to decide for you. Do you really want to give away your power, your voice? Are you really that confident that you’ll come out okay on the other side?
I’m not taking that chance. And neither should you, or your friends.
Help someone register. It’s an act of love.
I learned a great deal about human trafficking yesterday in my capstone class. It was inadvertent, as we were supposed to be learning about how to use the library resources, but my topic of human trafficking in the Midwest was used, and most of the time nothing came up. It wasn’t so much human trafficking as the Midwest that was hard to pin down, but when it came to recent news, there were a lot of pings. In fact, Google was kind enough to autofill “Human trafficking in Indiana”, where I live. One woman was so surprised that she read the line out loud. Human trafficking in Indiana?
A few people laughed uncomfortably, realizing that this should not shock anyone. But I heard the thought process across the room, because I had heard it out loud before. Human trafficking can’t happen here! That’s so third world!
Unfortunately, the case stands. To believe that you are safe from human travesty is just a self defense mechanism. Sex trafficking happens in third world countries. Sex trafficking happens here.
People get sick and die in third world countries because they can’t access health care.
People get sick and die in America because they can’t access health care.
People are raped and beaten with no legal recourse.
And we are all forced to listen to people in power make remarks that hurt us and undermine our lives.
This is no third world experience. This is the human experience. And when it comes right down to it, we are no different than our ancestors. Our house is still a hut designed to protect us from wild animals and intruders. We still use light to protect ourselves from being snatched up in the darkness. We still eat animals and food from the ground. We still live in tribes and defend ourselves from the other tribes.
Empires have risen and fallen, and despite the common idea that America was there yesterday and will be there tomorrow, we still live in a system that allows nations to crumble to the ground and be built back up as new nations.
So yes, modern day slavery in the Midwest may resonate as impossible, but it happens every day. Ohio just found out that an average of 1000 children are taken into slavery every year in their state.
Don’t deny that crimes are happening around you! Defend your tribe! Defend yourself! Expose the dangers that are taking over our lives!
You do not live in a different world from anyone else. You just wish you did.
Yesterday I found a story that fascinated me. The anthropologist in me wants to study this story from the very beginning, but the undergrad in me knows that without previous research, I’ll never get it approved for my capstone. So, I’m just going to work on it here!
Saudi Arabia has found a way to work around Sharia law and allow its educated women to move into the workforce. The project should start next year, in the Eastern part of Hofuf, and should create about 5000 jobs just for the women.
How are they doing this, you ask? They’re creating an entirely woman run city.
That’s right. The only way they can find to allow their women to work is to bring them into an area where men will no longer be allowed to go. Women will be working on all parts of the work process, including managerial, and the project should bring about 133 million dollars into the economy.
To be honest, I am nervous about this project. Violence against women, especially women trying to gain or who have an education, is horrifically prevalent. Many of them will probably be walking to that area alone, and call me pessimistic, but in many violent areas women are grabbed and assaulted when they walk anywhere, and I’m afraid this will be no different.
I’ve never heard of another project like this, so I’m anxious and excited to see how it will work out and change the culture. I’m also curious about what culture will develop in that area. I’ll probably be posting about it whenever I find new information, so expect updates!
I feel like I should have done this awhile ago. I’d like to talk to you today about a great organization that I work with!
Unitewomen.org started with the mission of rallying people together in support against anti-equality legislation. We had rallies across America on April 28th, and it was a huge success. Rain or shine, we all took to our streets and let people know that we were tired of having our rights trampled.
Today, Unitewomen.org is working to bring more people together. We’ve created groups in each state urging people to vote out of office those who would attack our rights. We have campus groups, state groups, blogging groups, meetings via google, twitter accounts, and basically a huge amount of amazing people working non-stop to make America a more equal place to live. I’m grateful everyday that I get to work with the people that I do. They’re funny, intelligent, politically and socially aware, and committed to the cause.
Unfortunately, many people have dropped off since the rally, and we are regrouping so that we can have groups on campuses. Naturally, we can’t start a group on a campus without being a student there, so we need volunteers to take up the cause. It’s really a lot of fun. I can express myself however I want in a non-judgmental environment, and there is always something to do! And even if you aren’t on a campus, you can take up the role of state director, and help people stay aware of what is going on in their state. After all, stories slip through the cracks all the time, and then we don’t notice when our rights have been subtly chipped away.
I’m not trying to pressure anyone here; I just really believe in this group and I want to see it succeed. We’ve already done so much in the way of awareness, and we need to make sure that everyone gets out and votes this November! I’m sure everyone is well aware of the rapidly changing tone of the political system. It’s important that we stand together against the onslaught that is anti-women legislation.
I wanted to start this post by apologizing for what I’m about to say, but I should really stop that. I have every right to my opinion, as do you. So… This is my opinion, and if you don’t like it, then that’s cool by me.
Anyway, I realized today that I get really pissed off when people say that things happen for a reason. They’re taking responsibility out of their hands and saying that the universe has some ultimate plan.
Stop that. It takes power away from you and gives credence to evil in the world.
I’m not saying, “It happened for a reason” is a bad phrase. I’m saying the way people use the phrase is bullshit.
When someone is raped, it did happen for a reason. And that reason is that someone else was cruel enough to rape that person. Don’t blame supernatural forces, because whatever you believe, we all know that we have free will. We are born with free will. And everything that happens on this planet that is due to a person is due to free will.
It happened for a reason. A horrible reason that can be prevented if we just work together. Ultimate plans are based on our actions, and this is no test. You are not being tested for fortitude or faith when another person with free will strips you of your power and does violence against you.
We create the reasons. We are the force behind our actions.
And another thing, oh everything-happens-for-a-reason people! I’m tired of hearing that phrase when natural disasters happen. “God is punishing those people for something! It’s their fault!”
That’s bullshit too. God didn’t just decide to hate on everyone living on the coast. And what kind of human decency are you showing? Would you go up to your friend after their house burned down and say, “Well, it’s your own damn fault. You’re a horrible fucking person”? No, you would not! No one deserves to be told they’re bad, especially after their livelihood is taken away from them. Who are you to judge an entire population because a natural disaster happened? How are you any better than them? Just because you didn’t live next to the water doesn’t make you a fucking saint!
Anyway… *deep breath* I think the world would be a lot better off if we stopped judging each other and took responsibility for our world. We live here with our free will, and have every ability to make it better, even in hard times. So get up off your ass and help someone.
PS: Thank you, Nataliuh, for helping spark this blog! I hope this is basically where your anger comes from!
Admittedly, I’ve only called myself a feminist since the fall of 2011, but I’ve quickly become desensitized to America’s anti-women rhetoric. I suppose it doesn’t take long to lose faith in the system you were brought up in, especially when you immerse yourself in it. Which is why when Rush Limbaugh said recently that women voting was the point things started going downhill, I simply shrugged it off and went about my day. Of course he would say that. Of course Ann Coulter said it first. I don’t have it in me to be angry at every comment made by misogynists.
But then I started to reconsider my path in feminism. This kind of passivity is the reason that America has moved further and further away from equality. We allow comments like this to slide because we’ve heard them time and again. But if these comments aren’t stamped out each time we hear them, we give the wrong people the opportunity to grow in their hatred, and bring other people to their point of view. It may not be the first time someone has degraded women’s sensibilities, but we should be concerned every time. Rush Limbaugh is so close to losing his base. His show is being dropped in certain areas, and many sponsors are afraid to funnel money to his time slot. Women have the same right to capitalism as men, and we can use it to our advantage. We can make advertisers consider who they are supporting, even passively, and companies will change their minds. They will realize that they are giving money to the wrong kind of voices, and simultaneously give money to positive voices that will make real change in this world.
So take advantage of every opportunity you have to be passionate. Even if you only have the chance to change one idea, stick with it, because change is happening everyday, and we need to make sure it’s in our favor.
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