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As a woman w several years more life experience than AOC, I wish I could tell her one thing:

Stop responding to EVERY single personal attack.

They're trying to wear you down - mentally & emotionally.

Save your energy to defend others.

❤️, your older sisters in the struggle
The most important part of the fight is knowing when to strike - and when to lower that fist and put your nose back to the grindstone (like imma go do now 🤓!)
1. Ugh, got pulled back in- cld write an entire longform essay on this but already have a lotta deadlines so here are a few tweets. Caveat: many other feminists, esp. feminists of color, have explained this type of self-care much better than I ever could.
2. And maybe this is not clear enough for men - particularly white men - to understand. The emotional toll of constant criticism - from looks & language police to the constant questioning of the intellect of the world's *smartest* women -
3. is enough to break even the strongest, most privileged of us all. I am trying to say that she needs to develop a *very* thick skin immediately, & let as much as possible slide, bc otherwise it will burn her out within a few years, & quite...
4. possibly be as detrimental 2 her physical health as it is her mental health. Girls are taught frm birth that our value lies n what other ppl think of us. Women politicians/activists/writers/academics/artists/etc need to figure out how to rise above that shit quick.
5. Not doing so can be soul-crushing & sickening - even deadly. Believe me, I struggle with not caring what ppl think DAILY. But the fact remains:

If we are going to be forthright and fearless, we've gotta let go of ego quickly - simply out of a sense of self-preservation.(END)
***The number of white men mansplaining why I'm wrong here (in my opinion as a woman, activist/writer/time in pols, and as a historian of labor/civil rights movements) totally proves my point.🙄
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