Welcome to #First100Days!
The #First100Days series will “bear witness” to the next 13 weeks of the Trump administration and the climate in America and then respond openly in writing, dialogue, and debate in the hopes of fostering better communication among writers and partisans alike (although the essays and pieces do not have to be political in nature). We’re looking to help give voice to honest and thematic essays from all layers of the political spectrum and across all GMP sections.
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Like most men who marched, my wife told me about the then-upcoming women’s march and I thought, “Oh that’s something—sounds interesting.”
And then I went, and it was a sea of change, wonder, and awareness.
Over that last few years I’ve realized (all the more) the layered and insurmountable plight of women, from being treated without equity to being expected to bear the brunt of hypermasculinity, sexualization, molestation, rape, and unwarranted (and unwanted) advances.
The backlash against the Worldwide Women’s March came as a surprise at first, but then made sense in that for every American marching, there was one behind a computer or camera assuming that they had no reason to march.
These women (and men) aren’t “fat women walking,” as the Right’s memes joke, nor are they just “California, NY, and Massachusetts’ liberal women” walking, marching, and protesting, and neither are they just “tattooed, pierced, abortion-loving women in pussyhats” who marched, but they are women (and all genders) of every walk of life.
Like my mother. And my father.
And my wife. And sister-in-law.
And my daughters. And son.
Women shouldn’t be quiet—they shouldn’t hold back—and they aren’t just “victims complaining their way to power” or crowds “paid for by George Soros.”
They’re your neighbors and mine; they’re your common mothers, Sunday school teachers, nurses, and small business owners.
They are the voices and faces of the movement which is speaking truth to power—and they are highlighting the very thing our First, Second, and Third World societies have been ignoring.
It’s time to pay attention, because they—and us—can’t keep quiet anymore, not when it’s about empowering people who have been marginalized, forgotten, and ignored because of gender, orientation, class, or lack of support.
See you at the next march.
From “I Can’t Keep Quiet”
put on your face
know your place
shut up and smile
don’t spread your legs
I could do that
But no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, if I just lie still
Would I be that monster, scare them all away
If I let the-em hear what I have to say
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet
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