To the marchers around the world yesterday: I AM PROUD OF YOU FOR GOING TO THE MARCH, FOR STANDING UP, FOR NEVER GIVING IN, AND FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE OUT IN THE OPEN.
The news this morning showed protests across the world, announcing the “Inauguration of the Resistance.”
In the Resistance, words matter. They are a powerful weapon if wielded well. They will be the first weapon dismantled by the current trump regime.
The world-wide demonstrations on 21 December 2017 were labeled “A March for Women’s Rights.” But as commentators noted, the marches turned into anti-trump rallies.
Women used words tactically, finding the title that permitted them to march, and then by transforming “Women’s Rights” into a more powerful statement.
“Normalization” reigns now in language as in life. The trump era has ushered in unspeakable words that were considered crass, vulgar, and perverted. Ignomious words are now ever-present on TV, in the news, and in our mouths, joining the general violence and sexuality of our current culture.
“Pussy” and “cunt” for instance: I have hated these words, feeling degraded, shamed, and dirty when I heard them. This was trump’s intention for me and other women when he said them.
In return, I will never capitalize his name.
Now these are “outed” words. It doesn’t matter if that is good or bad, because they will never be less than normal again. So, trump has stamped his dirty fingerprint on our world already.
Though they cannot be stopped, we must not be silent about normalizations —
censorship which trump has already instituted
re-ignited racism, fascism, and sexism
acceptance of assault, sexual and otherwise
refusal to acknowledge scientific facts and intelligent experts
usurpation of national parks and sacred lands
dissolution of alliances
We must spin the normalizations toward progress and human rights for all.
I am not optimistic. And still, the Resistance must stand up against nationalism, against racial hatred and misogyny, against destruction of our environment, against stupidity and self-interest ruining our educational system.
We must speak out, rally against, and resist demagoguery, despots, and oligarchy while we still can.