We are so fucked. That is about as eloquently put as I can manage. Trump has been elected–Trump. Reality starring, pussy-grabbing Trump.
As a woman, I am terrified. My first thoughts were “fuck–I better go get pregnant and have an abortion while I still can!” and then I thought what a weird thing that is to think. My cousin just found out she’s pregnant. She ruefully admitted that she has never felt more fortunate to be a straight, white, U.S. citizen.
“You’re a woman,” I responded. “Strike one.”
“We just aren’t going to talk about that,” she replied.
“You’re pregnant, strike two.”
It seems so melodramatic, but I wore black yesterday in mourning. For our country, for our rights, for democracy. I wasn’t the only one. I also wore my ring that says “fuck,” because, well…fuck.
My father would be elated. I am signing up for self-defense classes as we speak. As a sexual assault survivor (a self-pitying term I loathe), I cannot let myself be vulnerable in these free-for-all times. I will not.
My phone has “I.O.I.Y.M.T.B.S.” on the home screen. “I Owe It To Myself To Be Strong.” It got me back to the gym yesterday. Some cardio, but mostly weights. Now we wait.
November 10, 2016 at 8:43 pm
It is good to hear that you are further seeking to strengthen yourself!
While I agree that this election appears dismal, I prefer to be in the moment and wait to see what actually happens. This shall be a telling moment of whether the governing body has figured out how to effectively balance its own moderation of control.
Certainly I believe it intelligent to take this as motivation toward further empowering yourself toward optimal defense! Carry on. Pace yourself. Do not allow any stress to interfere with your regimen.
November 15, 2016 at 10:28 am
Got you down for all the posts this round, amiga. You’re getting comments (not from me) and that’s a good sign. I also encourage you to think about different platforms like Twitter and Instagram to share your writing, or to encourage folks to come check out your blog. Twitter, like Facebook, can be a place to share a link to try to get readers to see your work. Twitter is also good to network with different writers, following them, and learning about publishing opportunities.
November 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm
How would you recommend using instagram, since it is a decidedly visual-based platform?
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December 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm
Just use it. Follow publishers, book folks, good for networking. And of course publish your own photos to share. It’s fun. Also link to your website.
November 15, 2016 at 10:30 am
This is a quick post, but it captures a lot of raw emotion. Or course, the added image is pretty cool too. And that’s where Instagram would come in. 🙂