WM Drama

The saddest thing about these “revelations” about the Women’s March is that all this drama, all this talk, all this ranting, all this grandiosity led to absolutely nothing whatsoever but a bunch of women wasting a couple of hours by walking around in weird hats. If instead of all this vapid bickering over nothing they had a bake sale and used the proceeds to buy art and gym supplies for the ten poorest schools in the DC area or knitted hats and scarves for the homeless, that would be something.

I know several women who went to the local march in STL and they kept asking why I wasn’t going. But it seemed so self-indulgent and pompous that I didn’t see the point. I liked the anti-war protests of 2003 but those had a clear goal. We were against war. What was the WM against? Dumb jokes about pussies? An electoral result we didn’t like? Made no sense to me.

But it’s no revelation that there is bigotry amongst all groups, including the super-duper progressives.

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7 thoughts on “WM Drama”

  1. “led to absolutely nothing whatsoever but a bunch of women wasting a couple of hours by walking around in weird hats”

    I think that was the subconscious goal – to reinforce stereotypes of women as silly and over-emotional doofuses who are terrible at organizing themselves. There is a comfort to stereotypes and often those fighting them seem to be doing everything they can to strengthen them.

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  2. It is not clear who is even claiming that there was a conversation about antisemitic conspiracy theories. As much as I oppose the leaders of the women’s march and believe that they are antisemites, this article sounds like a hit piece.

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  3. I care next to nothing about the bickering amidst the upper leadership of the WM. Truth be told, I’ve given almost no thought to the fact that an event of that magnitude had to have some kind of organization in place.

    Still, I’m glad that it happened. Any number of activist women of all generations in my community attended WM’s either locally, in Chicago, or in DC and all were galvanized by the experience. Their notion of what feminism could be was expanded (they were awakened to the significance of issues like mass incarceration and police brutality)). They brought that energy and sense of solidarity home and used it to start or get busy in local organizations that had a huge impact on the midterm elections.

    Organizing is a long game, and sometimes it starts with a stupid hat and an inchoate sense of outrage that yearns for expression.

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    1. Still, I’m glad that it happened. Any number of activist women of all generations in my community attended WM’s either locally, in Chicago, or in DC and all were galvanized by the experience.

      Yes! I completely agree. I would add that it was an opportunity for people, mostly women, to get contact information for each other. This will be very useful when the need for a more specifically goal oriented event is organized.

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      1. Yes, absolutely, they need to get contact information and put it in their Rolodexes. I heard in other countries they have this thing called social media and people organize massive protests through them, making corrupt governments fall, starting revolutions, etc. I wish we had something like this but for now we need to get contact information and keep it until we finally figure out what it is we are for or against.

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  4. This is honestly the first time I heard that WM was against mass incarceration. If it were against that, I’d gladly join it. But how does one make a leap from pussy hats and mass incarceration?

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    1. Again, I have no idea what WM as an organization does, or what possible bearing they might have on issues closer to home. I went to WM the EVENT in Chicago in Jan 2017, and there were lots of speakers from Chicago-area activist organizations who spoke movingly about the work they had been doing for a long time to counter racism and poverty, improve healthcare, and support women.

      The next day I was back home, and attending an organizing meeting in a friend’s living room. She’s retired and out of her anger at Trump’s election she wanted to start a group to do SOMETHING (she wasn’t sure what), but she’d gathered together a bunch of her friends (many fellow retirees) to make a plan. Many of them had been to the Chicago march (or the local one, which was similar) and they had ideas about, for example, connecting with local African-American groups that were opposing the construction of a new jail. They had learned, at the WM, that these things were connected. Other local groups were meeting and forming similarly, over different issues. Two years on, some have survived, some have not, some have become local chapters of national organizations, some have gained members from groups that disbanded. Altogether, it makes a dense local ecosystem of activist groups that have been learning what kind of incremental change is and isn’t possible and who have been coming together in various configurations for events, lobbying, GOTV, fundraising, etc. Together, they made a huge impact on local midterm elections: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-11-08/tom-kacich-big-turnout-key-democrats-historic-election-win.html

      People still have their pussy hats. Late in October, temperatures dropped and it was cold work canvassing door-to-door for the new Sheriff and County Clerk, so some folks found they came in handy. THAT’s how you get from stupid hats to mass incarceration. I mean — we’re not all the way there yet — but that’s how you move along the path.

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