It's been a week hasn't it? I feel confident speaking for both Jen and I when we say we definitely did not expect the outcome of our Presidential Election on Tuesday. Even growing up in a small, conservative town, it was easy to roll our eyes that of course the people in our town and some that we grew up with were awful but most of America was like us. Committed to progress and staunchly against hate of any kind. Boy were we wrong.
It sucks to wake up in a world that feels scary and unfamiliar. We can relate as women, but we do accept the white privilege that we've had for our lives, so while we are scared, we know other groups out there are even more terrified. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, Muslims, and of course our fellow women. We are all scared and worried and kind of in a daze this week.
Jen has been a huge fan of Samantha Bee for awhile now, but I totally feel like her day after recap hit the nail on the head. If you haven't seen if yet, check it out below:
White women, we have got a lot of work to do. Yes, take time to grieve, all the time you need. I'm still reeling from this today and probably will be for awhile. After that, we've got to get to work.
Jen signed up to volunteer at Planned Parenthood, I donated money to them. There are so many more things you can do. Here's a list of some actionable things we can do and good articles to check out if you are one of the people who doesn't "get" why we are all so upset.
-A really good look at the ways white women failed, and what we need to do next
-Get you one of these awesome Nasty Woman t-shirts from Google Ghost. 50% of profits go to Planned Parenthood <3
-Volunteer! Find an organization close to your heart and volunteer your time. Planned Parenthood is a solid choice, I also really love the Moms Demand Action organization, find a local chapter and see what you can do to help!
-Read this reflection by Roxanne Gay, one of my feminist heroes.
-This blog by Stephanie Drenka made me cry like a baby
-Sevi's short stories are always a weekly must read for me, but this week even more so.
It's a short list but it's a start. Above all, be there for each other. Acknowledge the pain and anger of your friends and family. We are all heartbroken right now, but we will rise up and work our asses off to make things better. Get in formation ladies. We've got work to do.