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Louisa 🌹🍞🌹 @LouisatheLast
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There are legitimate critiques to be made of the Women’s March. But I want to say a couple things. First...when you get together several hundred thousand people for a protest, any protest, that’s a huge accomplishment. And it means something big.
Second, also when you gather together that many people, some of them will not be so great, some of them will have some pretty loopy ideas, and some of them will make shitty signs.
And I’d encourage you not to judge the several hundred thousand other march attendees off a handful of shitty signs or things that made you roll your eyes. I also saw lots of more radical signs and demonstrations yesterday.
But lastly, a lot of the criticisms I see on here seem to come down to criticizing, well, a lack of coolness. In ways that sometimes verge on misogyny, internalized and otherwise.
I’m sorry Jan from the PTA isn’t cool. She’s middle aged, she’s never been to a march before, she made a hat she’s proud of, and she’s learning a lot of new things today. Jan isn’t cool. But Jan showed up. And that isn’t nothing.
It was frankly amazing to me last year that we had hundreds of thousands of women, many of whom had never been to a protest before, standing in DC listening to Angela Davis and Janet Mock and the Mothers of the Movement speak.
I got to take my aunt to that and my aunt, while very cool and radical in her own ways, had never been to a protest before. She heard new stuff. She saw new things. That’s GOOD.
Protests shouldn’t be about only gathering the people together who already know the right stuff and think the right things. They should also, even primarily, be about reaching people who need to be taught. And yeah, sometimes that can be exhausting.
But yesterday I went with a group called Dyke March Takeover. A racially diverse, trans-inclusive group of lesbians/queer women and femmes. We had a big banner, we had signs like “Dykes Against White Male Hetero-Patriarchy,” and we got CHEERS from Jan and Karen
When a group of Black activists came through chanting about Black women’s rights, they got long cheers and whistles and claps. When we got marching, one of the most popular chants was “no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA”
Any time you get together a large enough group of people, there will inevitably be parts of the group to criticize. But don’t let that drown out all the good that happens too.
Okay, this has gone a bit viral. I’m glad it spoke to so many people and has sparked a lot of conversation. I’m not muting it just yet because it’s been interesting, but just know my mentions are flying fast and I might not see every response. Also, I’m going to bed.
Oh, and if you’re an editor pondering covering this thread? Pay me.
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