I am not alone! I learned this from Facebook. This year I found thousands of friends that feel about governance and the world the same way I do. We live in the world (for the most part) that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama talked about – the vision they have, and we share, for the future.
What did I think/fear on November 5, 2012? That perhaps those that held this vision of the future were limited in number and would never have any power to make this vision a reality. That while I might not be alone, my peeps were without power or voice. That somehow the US was driving itself full speed toward a theocracy, toward hatred, toward fantasy-based decision making, toward the 1800s (or before), toward lack of caring and compassion, and toward a vision that I find depressingly unjust and base.
A month or so ago I shared a picture on Facebook of a woman and made a comment about her weight. I thought the comment was neutral and showed concern. Others thought it was something else. I didn’t understand and explained and defended and and and. Still, it wasn’t universally well received. I shrugged it off (in the way that sticks with you) and ended up deleting the picture – it was one of those threads that wouldn’t die so I killed it.
This morning I woke up to a thread about skank flanks and tramp stamps. In part it says, “For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term body shaming, it’s a cultural phenomenon that essentially makes everything you do with your body wrong.”
Yesterday I tweeted: Atheist women of PA . . . the SCA apparently has no interesting in representing you. None.
I tweeted this in relation to an article I posted on this website yesterday.
Since then those conversations have turned bitter and ugly. They have exposed the foul truth about some in our community and the beauty of others. We have seen harassment, bullying, and a lack of inclusion on the part of some. Is this truly what we want? I hope not.
Secular Woman mobilized to such an incredible response that it was overwhelming. Both from a people LOVE our baby perspective and a time perspective. Remember there are ONLY four volunteers; all with other responsibilities. It is only now that some of us are able to even consider doing more.