“The one thing….that is truly ugly is this climate of hate and intimidation created by a noisy few, which makes the decent majority reluctant to air in public their views on anything controversial. Where all pretend to be thinking alike, it’s likely that no one is thinking at all.” – Edward Abby
This election has left me feeling raw and despondent. It has opened a lot of old wounds.
I joked at one point that I felt like Election 2016 should come with a trigger warning. The misogyny, the minimization and mansplaining of sexual abuse and assault, the casual and even sometimes well-meaning sexism (“she’s somebody’s mother, sister, daughter, wife” instead of simply “somebody”), the victim-blaming, the vicious character assassinations of the women who’ve come forward to explain that Donald Trump follows through, and the celebration of a unrepentant sexual predator even as an intelligent and competent woman is vilified.
I’m not alone in my dismay.