My Plan for a Trump Presidency

I wrote a whole thing about being a woman in this moment and that “understanding” is not just a burden placed on people who live in cities to go out and find white rural voters to try to understand. Actually, the media did that a lot. But bubbles don’t only exist on the coasts. I wrote a thing about why sports matter and about how if the Trump voters I know knew the people who are being told “to get out of Trump’s America before the wall gets built” or that “a real President is going to abolish your [gay] marriage,” then maybe they’d have understood why some people are so upset and scared right now. I wrote about how more people voted for her and about how every woman (even the ones who didn’t vote for her) knows that saying she didn’t lose because she’s a woman ignores all the studies we have about how we perceive ambitious, smart, driven women. I wrote about what it’s like to be yelled at all the time and how you prepared to be yelled at again. I wrote about watching Obama this morning and always believing in the theory that the long slow arc of history bends towards justice. I wrote all that, but then I read this and it summed it all up better and I started laughing, which turned to crying, and then I couldn’t stop.

So go read that instead.

7 thoughts on “My Plan for a Trump Presidency

  1. Thanks for the article – so accurate and so funny/sad. I think you are the first person I’ve read to point out that there’s other bubbles of sheltered info. Good point.

  2. Thanks for writing this. I especially love this: “I wrote about how more people voted for her and about how every woman (even the ones who didn’t vote for her) knows that saying she didn’t lose because she’s a woman ignores all the studies we have about how we perceive ambitious, smart, driven women.”

    I’m terrified that women’s rights are going to be yanked back, that legal abortions will be a thing of the past, that social programs (and face it, most of them benefit poor women, not poor men) will be reduced until they are practically nonexistent, I worry about this and worry about this and can’t stop worrying about this.

    And then I think of the irony that fattish, unexercised, aging white men who regularly hit and think about hitting and dream about hitting on young and gorgeous women are going to work to limit the reproductive rights of those very same young and gorgeous women, and it all seems so ridiculous and surreal. Except that it isn’t. It all just sucks. And it’s scary. And then I go for a run or swim, and after that it seems more tolerable, though really it isn’t.

  3. This is a sad time for America and especially for women. So different from what I felt 8 years ago after President Obama was elected. So filled with hope. . .now I feel hopeless. I have no plan and like Angela, let me know when you come up with one. And thanks for sharing the article.

  4. I love that article you shared. I’m from the UK and I feel your fear and your pain and there is no plan, there can be no plan. Even if it wasn’t Trump, I would still be so sad at the loss of the chance of a Hilary presidency

  5. Thank you, Kelly. I would also like to read the thing you wrote, if you feel like posting it. You are a hell of a writer, and I am grateful for your voice and solidarity.

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