The country has largely accepted a Biden victory for the U.S. election but that doesn't mean much. If the current administration doesn't transition power on accepted timelines things are bound to get much worse. I saw something from a friend that said something to the effect of, "If you have ever broken up with a narcissist, you know what's coming." I felt my shoulders physically slump when I read that, because I have done that, and I do know what is coming.
The night before the election I was not optimistic. I remain in the same cloud of pessimism. After four years of watching that walking talking pile of rotting buboes, incite violence, get endorsed by every white supremacist group in the country, Strip away rights from queer communities, force sterilization on women whose children he ripped away, all while they are sitting assholes to elbows in a cage, and cause the deaths of over 230,000 Americans by downplaying a Virus with a global infection of over 45 million people.
I am not sure I have ever been more anxious than I am right now. It's November 2nd, tomorrow is the US election. Tomorrow begins the decision if America is deserving of its life, or if it gets dragged out back to be shot as a mercy. This is our Old Yeller moment, and I suspect that when the results are read, I will react the same way as I did upon my first reading of that book. Long bouts of inconsolable shrieking crying.
Do you know what I hate more than almost anything else? Fake positivity posting on Linkedin about your job. When I got laid off from my last role, I was really upset. However, the work culture at that company was one of really intense gratitude and positivity, and I made a post about how grateful I was for the opportunity. I feel kind of gross about it now because what essentially happened was the company laid off 85% of its staff during a global pandemic. That is not empathetic human behavior, that is capitalist knee-jerking. I realize now in hindsight, and with a lot of time between now and then, that really what I did was respond to gaslighting.
First, let's get a few things out of the way. Feminism benefits everyone. If you think feminism's only goal is to serve cisgender women, then you're doing it wrong. The goals of feminism help everyone. If true equality and equity were achieved all the harmful structures set in place by the patriarchy would be dismantled. That means men could express their feelings, and wouldn't have to resort to violence as the only way to express themselves. It also means that the control construct could be dismantled, and the idea that the best way to gain power is to rip it from someone else. Ultimately this is a really good thing, but some people have a hard time with the idea that they are still privileged in comparison to someone else.
If you can't fly,
If you can't smile,
If you can't dance,
Then stand completely still.
If you can't run,