America: Grabbed by the Pussy

It’s hard to artic­u­late how I feel about this pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. So much of it has already been said. Part of me is still unable to com­pre­hend how this out­come is even pos­si­ble. I’m forced to real­ize that Amer­i­ca is not the place that I was brought up to believe it was: a land of oppor­tu­ni­ty and idealism–a place where any­one can make it. A new cul­ture has tak­en hold, decades in the mak­ing, and it’s repul­sive. And togeth­er “we” have ele­vat­ed a vain, ill-tem­pered, igno­rant, racist, sex­ist, xeno­phobe with no pro­fes­sion­al qual­i­fi­ca­tions to the most impor­tant office in the land–the so-called leader of the free world.

I am grate­ful in this moment for the com­pa­ny of my daugh­ter, who is cheer­ful­ly unaware of cur­rent events. I don’t look for­ward to the day I have to explain to her how fem­i­nism died in 2016. I hope I nev­er have to tell her how democracy’s promise of free­dom and peace died too.

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