For all the women and girls who told the truth and were not believed.
“Oh, they have done it now. They have done what thousands of feminists, hundreds of feminist organizations, and millions of women working as social and political activists over the years have not been able to do: they have harnessed the power of a thousand hurricanes.
It is not just that they have triggered the memories of every woman who has ever been sexually harassed or abused. Now they have triggered the memories of every woman who has ever had her opinions ignored or her feelings scorned. Ted Cruz pointed out in his testimony that Dr. Ford was treated with respect. I suppose he means that because they didn’t throw eggs at her.
What those men don’t understand is that being silent after hearing her speak, as though actually she had not spoken, does not show respect. Basically ignoring what she said does not show respect. Making it all about “Brett, poor baby, he is one of us and he is hurting” does not show respect. In fact, their entire strategy now rests on ignoring what she said… not even grappling with her credibility, much less allowing a further investigation or more witnesses to testify. And every woman who has ever felt that her words meant nothing, that they somehow disappeared into the air after she spoke them and simply bounced off the ears of a man or men in the room, whether she was ever touched inappropriately or not, she is triggered now.
Congratulations, Senators Grassley, Hatch, Graham, Cruz et al. You’ve done it now. I think you might have just elected the first woman president. A fierce, giant force just been awakened among us. And unlike Quan Yin sitting silently next to my television, we will not be silent. In the coming days and weeks and years, we will speak our truth. We will hear each other and we will believe each other. And this time, by men by by women alike, we will be heard.”
Remember that Tsunami of feminine power I wrote about after the 2017 Women’s March?
It just got 100 times bigger.
My takeaway after watching Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
The Divine Rights of Elite Men (and Boys)
To be the voice of authority
To dismiss or ignore all non-elites (peasants)
To blame all mistakes on others
To behave boorishly and get a pass
To feel superior to all women (and non-elite men)
To fuck whenever and whomever they choose
To fight whenever and whomever they choose
To take what they want by any means at their disposal
To use all women, children & non-elite men as props
To have their aggression lauded as heroic
To decide how all others should behave and speak
To label women silly, bitchy, lying, confused, trivial
To control everything of value
To bully anyone who disagrees or complains
To always be taken seriously
To make the rules
To enforce the rules
To break the rules whenever they choose
To be in charge of the entire world.
This is an ancient “code of conduct” that has held for generations. If we want to change our world into a kinder, more compassionate place, this is what we face. The men who believe in and follow this code will not go quietly.
But neither will we. No longer will we quietly and obediently bow to their racist and sexist bullshit.
We stand. We speak out. We fight.
Image: Linda Black Elk
Fiery full moon in Aries, the sign of the #badass spiritual warrior.
Our souls are burning — burning for justice, for truth, for love, for change.
Time to Step up, Speak out and Fight for what you believe in.
Step up. It’s time.