Do(ing) it Like a Feminist

Post-Grad Girl living in a Post-Grad World.


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Moving Past the Funk: Living in a Post-Election World

Like many people, I’ve been in mourning. I actually found myself googling how to immigrate to Canada the night of the Election. Granted, I didn’t make it past the screen showing that the site crashed, but I still wondered how I would be able to do it. Then I thought more about what a Trump Presidency would look like and wondered, what would it look like for me to abandon my place in this country and lose my will to fight? If I were a child, I wouldn’t want my elders to do that to me, so I can’t give up now.

To this day, I can not fathom how people could vote for Trump. You say he is anti-establishment; we say he is a racist demagogue. You say he is a great businessman; we say he has gone bankrupt a handful of times and has only looked out for himself. I can go on and on about this, but there is no point. The only points left to make are what is going to happen next. How can we teach our peers and young folk about what it means to be an advocate for the issues at hand?

And here is where you can get your crash course.

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Harro, page 16

In Bobbie Harro’s “The Cycle of Socialization”, she discusses how we are socialized from birth/toddler into a way of thinking. We are taught biases and stereotypes, and we live with these mechanics as we grow up. We are then socialized on a personal level from parents, loved ones, and teachers (that’s why they are so important). These mechanics are then reinforced through various institutions such as church, TV, and in our culture. When these mechanics are reinforced, they result in anger, discrimination, and ignorance. It’s up to you to figure out which direction you want to go- do you want to continue reinforcing the same cycle, or would you want to head in a direction for change?

For those who says white privilege doesn’t exist, I want you to look at the events that have occurred since the election: swastikas being spray-painted on walls, a woman in Brooklyn was punched by a male trump supporter at a restaurant in Brooklyn, a woman pulled another woman’s hijab off in a Walmart in the name of Trump, and the list goes on and on. In Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”, she states:

“My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.” (McIntosh, 2)

As a woman of color, I will never be able to have this privilege. From what I’ve observed about the country post-Election is that many people who have this privilege don’t (or won’t) understand the power their actions have with people of color, and they don’t worry about the consequences of their actions, because most likely, they won’t be reprimanded for it. Is this what we want to teach our future children and voters?

For all you Trump supporters, I hope you realize what your future will look like. Only a week has passed and there is already a white supremacist in a position of power. You did this. Take responsibility for it. Once Donald Trump takes his place in the White House, I can only predict the decline of our Country, economically and socially. You can sit back and say that he will fix our broken “system”, but he will continue to display divisive and demeaning behavior toward people of color, the LGBTQIA community, Muslims, immigrants, etc..

Or maybe that’s what you all really want, which is much scarier to think about.

For those of you who are willing to fight forward, find your local community programs. Volunteer. Protest. Write to your local politicians. We will not be swayed. I am with you all.

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Harro, Bobbie. “The Cycle of Socialzation.” Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. N.p.: Routledge, 2007. 15-21. Print.

McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.


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Obama vs. Romney: Who is the lesser of two evils?

Save Big Bird!

Last week was the first Presidential Debate. I don’t think I’m the only one who will say that it was the most boring and painful thing to watch on Primetime Television last week, not counting the flashback episode of Grey’s Anatomy about the plane crash and the disastrous break-ups on Glee. The first Presidential Debate was full of dissent, attitude, and anger— and I’m not just talking about the viewers who tuned in.

Viewers were anxiously waiting for Obama to bring up the absurdities Mitt Romney was spewing in the past weeks (47% being the biggest one of all), but he stayed quiet (almost too quiet) for the entire evening allowing Romney to pummel through with his hostility, even though most of his debate topics were based on lies (Did anyone else notice Romney’s condescending smile while Obama was talking? Not cool). Romney also made a comment about cutting the funding to PBS and “firing Big Bird” to which angry twitter followers responded back saying they would not allow Big Bird to be fired (Occupy Big Bird). Jim Lehrer proved to be a bad moderator because he could not control the back and forth between Obama and Romney, leaving viewers to think WTF and other things.

Here’s where things get complicated: these two opponents could not be more opposite of one another; after all, Obama is Pro-Choice, Pro-LGBT rights, Pro-Woman and Romney is not. Romney may have a better idea of business management, but should we sacrifice our movement for social justice to make America more business-savvy? When you take a look at the numbers, Democrats have had a better chance at increasing jobs and lowering the deficit of America. When Obama was put into office, we were faced with the biggest recession since The Great Depression. Obama has turned the job market around and the GM/Chrysler automotive corporation is back on its feet. Saving America won’t happen overnight, but we also have to realize what is at stake in this election. The War on Women is at an all-time high and Romney has stated that he will get rid of Planned Parenthood the day he steps into office. Should we allow that to happen?Definitely not.

This is why you need to register to vote ASAP. The deadline is October 9th and it only takes 3 minutes. Remember what we are giving up if we don’t exercise our right to vote.
But that is not the point of this post. The point is to start a conversation about the political welfare of our country. Democrat, Republican, or another party? Who is the lesser of two evils? You decide, after all, it is your America too.