I’m currently watching live footage from Washington, D.C. as women have gathered right outside Mitch McConnell’s office, shouting things like “believe survivors!” and “KavaNO!” and “Be on the right side of history or your name will live in infamy!” I am thankful for their witness and wish to see and hear them and to stand in solidarity with them. So much has been written and said about this whole nomination process, about the widespread reality of sexual misconduct, the privileges that patriarchy affords to men and the toxic masculinity that it upholds, the courage of women who have spoken up in these past weeks (and way beyond). I don’t feel like I have anything profound to add to the debate, just needing to sit with the reality of today, hold the pain of generations of women, clearly state that I believe survivors and recognize the vastness of the work that is yet to be done for women to feel safe and heard and honored and for men to be held accountable for their actions. I commit myself as a woman, as a mother to a young boy to this work of dismantling patriarchy even as I recognize and commit myself to deepening knowledge and response to the intersections that occur between patriarchy and other forms of oppression, many of which I benefit from (racism, ableism, homophobia, classism…).
Let’s take care of ourselves and one another today.