Something about this one feels different.
It’s International Women’s day, and here in the US, it feels like women really are rising up.
After the last 18 months, it’s not hard to see why.
We watched a woman who was without a doubt one of the most qualified presidential nominees in history lose to maybe the least qualified man ever to step onto a presidential debate stage. Too many people decided there was “just something about her” they didn’t trust, for some reason.
But it definitely wasn’t misogyny.
So they voted for an (alleged!) serial groper instead. The serial groper (sorry, sorry—alleged serial groper!) won the electoral college and then hired some (alleged!) serial spousal abusers to work for him and endorsed an (alleged!) serial child predator for an open senate seat.
But there’s definitely no reason to get hysterical about any of that.
The (male) Senate Majority Leader told a (female) senator to stop reading the words of a (female, African-American) civil rights leader during her allotted time on the Senate floor. He told her to sit down and shut up.
But it definitely wasn’t sexist.
It turns out that a whole bunch of major power brokers in politics, entertainment, business, and literally everywhere else are (alleged!) serial harassers and assaulters. They’ve been getting away with it for years, trashing their victims and paying no price.
But it’s definitely not anything to do with patriarchal social structures and the systematic devaluation of women’s experiences.
We’ve been watching over the last year and a half, and if it seems like a whole lot of American women are rising up, it’s probably because we’re FED UP.
Millions of us marched. Record numbers of us are running for elected office. Thousands of us stood up and said #MeToo and spoke out about our experiences of harassment and abuse. We’ve persisted. And it really feels like things might be changing as a result.