This morning was a shocker. The very event I was dreading took place–Trump won the presidency. After so many forecasts being so sure that Hillary would win, Trump took the office. WHAT. But let me explain why I am no longer distraught or angry or spreading more hateful words against the new president.
I spent the better part of my morning reading feminist social theorists. Audre Lorde, Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan. These women were renowned activists of their time, but their writing are timeless. These writing, activist women saw through the bullshit in society, and they never stepped away from a new challenge.
“It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reason for acting.” -Simone de Beauvoir
A lot of Americans divide themselves into Democrat or Republican, and I feel like many of us wait for greater powers to give us permission to make change. Why bother building a new homeless shelter? The government can take care of that. And the sucky state of education? Eventually, the politicians will stumble upon a solution. It is my genuine belief that in times where we think the world is ending, we just need to toughen up and get elbow deep in the mess we find our lives to be in.
“It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and see a world in which we can all flourish.” -Audre Lorde
Lorde was a particular favorite of mine – in her work she explained how our problems will not be solved using the tools given to us by those who wield power over us. Think about it; the only people willing to speak up for marginalized communities are people who are part of those communities already. Women, people of color, and other disadvantaged groups will fight for their rights, but the fight comes from within, and it does not ask permission of the oppressors.
Simply put, this is the beginning of an era, not the end of a country. It is time to get off our asses and pull ourselves up by the bootstraps.