The Vulnerable Feminist: Why The Trump Administration Has Me Living In Fear

Truth time:

It has been incredibly difficult to make sense of the Trump administration and wrangle my anxieties for what’s next for the United States and the rest of the world.

As a Canadian, I’ve been focusing my energies back to the home front and looking to our Prime Minister for guidance.

THESE ARE  DARK TIMES!

This week on our podcast, Krissy indulged my fears and let me go off about the Women’s March and the new dude in the White House.

As a feminist, I’m incredibly moved to see the outpouring of support for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights at last Saturday’s Women’s March. I’m trying hard not to let my anger overshadow the positive, and have faith that good will prevail, but it’s tough.

It’s tough because I work in a male dominated industry and feel for myself that women are still not considered equal.

It’s tough because my news-feed is inundated with reports of the new President taking women’s rights and human rights back fifty years.

When we live in a world where Nazi’s and white supremacists feel empowered enough to spread their hate speech on television and hold positions of influence in government, it’s hard not to let your mind wander as to where this world is going. Has nobody opened a History textbook? Do they not see where control over the media, a rise to power that capitalizes on hate, fear and poverty will take the country? Does none of this sound familiar?

I would like to believe that the millions of people who voted for Trump aren’t in full support of his regime, and have valid, personal reasons for their decision to support him (not rooted in hate), but I’m worried for the country and the world as a whole. The vision of the United States is exclusive, and the promise for a better future has stipulations based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and Trump’s vision has severe consequences for the environment.

I’m waiting with baited breath to see if a new leader will emerge to help calm these fears, but I’m through living on just hope without action.The time for dismissing my fears for the future as impossible because they exist outside the realm of common sense is over. Everyday we are a pen stroke away from having the rights and freedoms of American citizens taken away. I can’t go back to my Canadian bubble and focus on my self, and my career, my family, when injustices are happening in the country which is home to people I love and care about.

I’m strong in my beliefs, but I’ve been restless since the inauguration.

What will it take for everyone to be concerned?

We talk about these things and more (including some pop culture news) on this week’s episode of Boys Don’t Like Funny Girls. Please listen and share.

This is a positive/safe space, where we can openly discuss our views, so please, if you choose to share your views and feelings, do so in a respectful manner.

I am PRO-dialogue to see where we can bridge our differences, and better understand one another.

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