Daily Archives: November 7, 2018

Thoughts On The Midterm Election Results

After months of polling, pundits, ads, campaign rallies and debates, American voters went to the polls last night to vote for their chosen candidates for the 2018 Midterm elections.

While the Blue Wave was not as powerful as some had predicted, the Democrats did not walk away from the election empty-handed. While the Senate remains firmly in the hands of the Republicans, the Democrats gained control of the House Of Representatives and some districts that turned red in 2016.

Any Midterm election is partially a referendum on the President, regardless of who the title belongs to during that specific election cycle. As I was watching the results last night, I was cautiously optimistic. While I was hoping for the Blue Wave, I also understand that you know who holds a certain portion of the voting public in his sway. If nothing else, he knows how to sell, whether it a luxury apartment or a candidate who is running for political office.

From my perspective, the results of the election was not all doom and gloom. Come next year, there will be a balance of power in Washington D.C. The yes men and women in the Republican controlled Senate who automatically kowtow to you know who will have to work with the Democratic controlled House to keep this country moving forward. There was also a major uptick of voters who for whatever reason, had chosen to sit out during previous elections. Many of those who were elected into office last night represent who we are as a country. Instead of electing various versions of the white Christian heterosexual male, many of those who will be sworn in next year are people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ Community.

My hope is that this election reminds us all that we are all Americans and that we have to work together. But in this current political climate, hope often springs eternal.

 

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Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies: Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means to Them Book Review

The myth about feminists that we are all man hating, unattractive, angry women who wants to replace men. That of course, is a lie, but when a lie is repeated, it is though to be truth.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies: Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means to Them was published this year. The book contains a series of essays written by a cross section of women who define themselves as feminists. Published in partnership with Girl Up and curated by Scarlett Curtis, the subjects of the essays touch on every issue that modern feminists are facing today.

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it because it spoke truth to power. Each women tells her own story in a way that feels intimate, liberating and powerful. We know that we have a long way to go before true equality is within our grasp. What this book does is empower it’s readers to move forward and continue to fight for equality. We know it will come, we just have to push forward until it is ours.

I recommend it.

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