Monday, October 10, 2016

Hard to watch

It was an allegory, playing out in real time: Male Aggression was represented by a hulking man in a suit, yelling incoherently, threatening to lock up the woman in front of him, throwing her marital issues in her face, and seething menacingly behind her as she spoke.

Female Ambition was a composed but ultimately tired woman in a pantsuit, rattled in this arena with no predecessor to serve as guide, and being forced to confront every piece of her soul that she'd sacrificed to get there, punished both for her husband's transgressions and for playing by the rules (which in politics are crooked).

But when Trump said he admired Clinton because she won't give up, that was Donald Trump speaking, not the demon that has overtaken him to feed off the hatred of change. And that was Hillary Clinton who quietly listened to him say it, not the earthly warrior on a do-or-die quest to break the final glass ceiling. The last few minutes were the only redeeming factor...and it wasn't enough.

Something died in America last night, and all of us watching turned off our televisions worse off for having seen it happen.

6 comments:

  1. Sadly, I understand and agree with this post. What I want to know is, Why is it the Demon's infidelity/divorces never seem to bother anyone as much the Female Ambition's mate's?!

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    1. Especially since Female Ambition's mate ISN'T RUNNING. I keep going back and forth between reading/watching political news incessantly in horror and turning everything off for periods of time to cleanse my brain. I don't even know what is happening in life right now.

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  2. For what's happening, I like to check in with John Oliver.

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  3. I had such a fear of dread today that I gave another $15 to H. I know that $15 is more symbolic than anything, but I felt like I needed to do something. I might do some phone banking to Florida this week...

    - Meg

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    1. I voted on Friday, and honestly, I've kind of shut down politically since. I can't handle this anymore, and I just need it to be over!!! I genuinely thought I was going to get through this with a low stress level, but I seriously underestimated the horrors...

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