Last night the nice women of Portland, Oregon, were encouraged to show anger by a feminist writer from New York. How did it go? Powell's Books authors' room was packed.
My fragment of notes...so much got exposed in past weeks about what Republican party willing to do. Call protestors names...27 years since 1992 and Anita Hill and they had no trouble "treating women like shit." Our work now, "...no more tuning out. Pick your form of engagement."
When we hear the pundits, "Oh the country is so polarized," that takes away the actual questions that need asking. Traister emphasized importance of raising the fact that this country was built on minority rule. "Full participation is our work--women, have shown that the powerless can exercise power--if we are angry enough." As happened with men toppled from power by the MeToo movement.
Our problem maintaining a women's movement from one breakthrough to another? "We all have men in lives, means disrupting dependency relationships...been surprised the rage has been maintained." Using herself as a model--great phrase maker--she encourage us to use humor and laughter...Samantha Bee is good example.
So much more. You, if you live in Portland, should have been there! Had a couple of good conversations. While we waited, woman in front of me encouraged listening to Traister interview on Chris Hayes' podcast.
Do it...almost as good as the room last night.