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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    The Women's March have put out a Ten actions for the First 100 Days. Step two is:

    Write down your thoughts. Pour your heart out on any issue that you care about, whether it’s ending gender-based violence, reproductive rights and women’s health, LGBTQIA rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, religious freedom, environmental justice or anything else.

    It's identity politics all up the walls.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    I guess in a way I have to admire your chutzpah, Tom, in not only mansplaining to women why their march worked, but somehow turning it into the antithesis of identity politics rather than an expression of it. Then again, this is a world where "rentamobs" have to pass ideological tests, so...

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

    So I just got home from the Christchurch march, and it was so great to see so many people there. There wasn't much notice, it was all through social media, I was thinking maybe 50-100 people. There were hundreds. The messaging was so inclusive and positive.

    I am fucking exhausted now, but it was worth it.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

    So there is also a virtual march for people who, for whatever reason, can't get to a physical one.

    Physical marches are always slightly problematic for disabled people, or sometimes people with pushchairs, anyone for whom physical activity can be challenging. This time I'm lucky in that my health has been pretty good lately, a friend has volunteered to pick me and bring me home, and the Christchurch march isn't very far.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Progressive identity politics is a busted flush, a despised ideology that has seen the rise of right wing populism as its main legacy.

    What utter bollocks.

    In the last eight years - and indeed for longer than that - American's thinking has been steadily becoming more progressive. The most marked move in public opinion is on same-sex marriage, the very core of "identity politics". This is why Trump couldn't, and didn't, win the popular vote.

    Talking down to people who happen to disagree with you with comments like this are exactly the tone of contempt and condescension that got Trump elected.

    Or, to paraphrase, your response to my abuse is the reason I abuse you.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Russell Brown,

    People I figured had some capacity for thought seem sort of excited about it, if anything.

    So one of the predictive questions on OKCupid is "In a certain light, wouldn't nuclear war be exciting?" For men, a yes on that has an 83% correlation with wanting sex on the first date. The other questions that correlate like that for men are "Assuming you were in the position to do so, would you launch nuclear weapons under any circumstances?" and "Could you imagine yourself killing someone?"

    Draw your own conclusions.

    (Some of those women are even Trump voters.)

    I mean... what? Maybe, optimistically, this bodes well for a one-term presidency? Maybe I'll just have another beer.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

    There is also now a march in Dunedin. If you know of other NZ events, please link to them here.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way, in reply to mark taslov,

    Supporting the cause is rather easier than supporting her cause in this instance.

    It's not her cause.

    On November 9, Teresa Shook of Hawaii created a Facebook event and invited 40 of her friends to march on Washington to protest Trump's election. Similar Facebook pages created by Evvie Harmon, Fontaine Pearson, Bob Bland, Breanne Butler and others quickly led to thousands of women signing up to march.[5][6][7][2] Harmon, Pearson, and Butler decided to unite their efforts and consolidate their pages, beginning the official Women's March on Washington.[2] To ensure that the march was led by women of differing races and backgrounds, Vanessa Wruble, co-founder and Head of Campaign Operations, brought on Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour to serve as National Co-Chairs alongside Bob Bland.[2][8]

    Organizers state the march is not intended to target Trump but is "more about being proactive about women's rights," and, more broadly, "a stand on social justice and human rights issues ranging from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and healthcare"

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I keep meaning to do what I usually try and do – write about it in a way that might be useful to other people – but it’s surprisingly difficult.

    It's really difficult! I even used an exclamation mark, which, ugh. But y'know, we argue with them, they become more entrenched. We try to push forward information, but information's lost all its value. What's the solution? I don't fucking know.

    But this is why stories like the Jennifer Holliday one are so important. People gave her information and explained how they felt, and she changed her mind.

    Planned Parenthood saw a 900% increase in appointments for IUDs after the election.That's how scared American women are: they want long-term birth control while they can still access it. I want people to know that. I just, man, I wish I had some better words, more powerful words.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way, in reply to mark taslov,

    Yeah, Steinem is problematic on trans issues, like so many feminists of her generation, which is a fucking shame. (Maher is not problematic. Maher is an arsehole.)

    This is a list of the Women's March supporting partner organisations, who will be marching and/or providing some kind of support. It includes a number of LGBT organisations.

    I can't remember the last time I saw any kind of large-scale protest action that didn't have some kind of problematic angle to it, especially ones like this that have been basically franchised. Likewise, I've never met a political party whose policies I agreed with in their entirety. Everyone has to decide where their "too problematic to support" line is.

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