This past Saturday, as I'm sure readers of this blog will know, the Women's March on Washington happened. Except that it wasn't just a women's march on Washington - women from all over the world, from London to Nairobi to Amsterdam to Chicago united to march together, showing their support for those in DC. Showing their support for their fellow woman, for Planned Parenthood, for gender and pay equality, for under-represented communities and voices. My feed this weekend was full of inspiration and moving stories, beautiful photographs and sassy AF protest signs. It was the perfect remedy to a pretty shitty 2016.

Last year, shortly after the US election results were announced, I wrote a post on this blog about why I'm a nasty woman, and why we all need to be nasty women right now. It's no secret that the incoming administration and newly appointed leader of the free world present some unique challenges to minorities, specifically those of colour, immigrants, and women. So frustrations were vented, and hearteningly, attendance of the marches surpassed all expectations. In London, where 30,000 were expected, over 100,000 showed up. Friends that went (I was physically unable to march, and am still a little sore about it) told me that organisers had been totally overwhelmed. The world, it felt, had showed up to have its voice heard, and wasn't backing down.

It's easy to take pride and heart in these stories. I'd encourage you to take a scroll through the #WomensMarch hashtag and see how beautifully and peacefully the marches were conducted, and read some of the moving stories attached. It was an important step (or thousand steps) ahead to take. And then, we wake to another set of barefaced lies from the White House. The work is just beginning.

I'm wary to build this stunning show of feminism and liberalism up too much, because of how clearly I remember the road to the election. The same easy jokes to make Trump the butt of, the same continual stream of lies and contradictions. These first few days of his presidency feel the same as his campaign. The speech he made as he was inaugurated felt like a threat, the same kind of rhetoric he would use at his rallies. The vicious tweets, seemingly now being counter-balanced by some official PR person, are more confusing than ever. This is the 'new normal', his modus operandi. And if he is beginning his presidency willing to lie about something as meaningless as bodies in a crowd, what more harmful truths will he be concealing from us?

I say 'he' because people love to give evil a face. But the truth is, the more we alienate him, and the more we push away the groups of his supporters, the more he wins. The more he can cry 'fake news!' and invent realities that exist to serve his agenda. That being said? Normalise him, and you condone the unthinkable - the painfully irrational and damaging.

I don't know what the answer is. But I do know that educating myself and asking how I can help is the least I can do. For my American readers, the organisers of the Women's March have created 10 Actions in 100 Days. For those in Europe, this article from Metro provides some amazing next actions and important causes to support. Get reading and find out how you can assist, even just by taking two minutes to sign the petition to make free sanitary products available for homeless women.

I hope you guys will all stand with me as proud feminists and learn, as I have over the past ten years, that that is not a dirty word. Demanding equal rights for everyone - regardless of gender, race, heritage, disability, sexuality - is logic, not revolutionary - but dammit, we will keep marching until we smash through those glass ceilings and leave them for dust. I'm with you, and always, #StillWithHer.

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The women who helped Donald Trump win.
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"But this is precisely why the women's march feels vital."
Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump's team presented 'alternative facts'.

6 comments

  1. I've kept very quite about the women's march, and everything feminist because it's not something that I have physically sat down, researched or thought about. I think it's great that people are making a stand, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all at the same time. x

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    1. I know exactly how you feel Rebecca - to be honest, whenever I turn on the news I can feel a little overwhelmed by it all - I'm the type of personality that feels empowered by doing something and researching and reading up as much as I can, but I think if you find it too much, you'll discover ways you can help in your own time. Signing that petition is a great first step and doesn't take too much reading! Thanks for commenting and joining the discussion. T xx

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  2. So many of my thoughts put so eloquently on one page! I think the marches were completely amazing, and I hope that this collective action has made at least a few people think twice about their position. The misunderstanding of the simple definition of feminism, and the prejudice associated with the term, seem to be some of the biggest obstacles to face. Thanks so much for this brilliant post and especially the recommendation of where to go from here.
    Also, I love your blog! I've only just noticed that you have a YouTube channel so I'll be checking that out asap :)

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    1. Lilli what a sweet comment! I'm glad this resonated with you and you feel the same way. It's always so nice to hear your strong feelings and beliefs echoed. THANKS so much for reading, commenting and for heading to the YouTube channel - there'll be new content very soon, I promise! T xx

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  3. I couldn't agree more with this post. It's just astounding to me that Trump was even elected in the first place, and all the shit he pulled in his first week just shows how grossly unfit he is to do this job. While it's not any great shock to think that political leaders conceal facts from the public, that's not the same thing as just making shit up and tweeting about it and insulting the leaders of other nations and making decisions that are in his personal interests when the whole point of his job is to do what is best for the entire country. The whole thing is like some sick joke and I'm hoping it's only a matter of time before he gets impeached.

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    1. Aw thanks Jessica - yes, it's a really scary time and I think it'd be all too easy to just freak out about everything going on and not to organise and use our voices, but I'm glad so many people are resisting that urge and just empowering themselves to protest, use their democratic right and make their feelings known. I have everything crossed for a swift impeachment. T xx

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