|credit: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office|
who rescued her; she's perfectly OK
I know how this cat feels, don't you? Everything was pretty much okay, then suddenly, it's like your entire brain is held hostage and you have no idea what in the hell is happening. Your world is suddenly a dangerous and unknown place to you, capable of great harm and terrible uncertainty. And all you can do is wait. Wait and hope that someone will come along and make it all okay.
Sigh. Boy, do I ever get it.
In the meantime, we have to try to make our own lives more comfortable until Help Arrives. If you are a Chrome user--which I am--you can download the extension Make America Kittens Again. It, in its developer's own words, replaces images of the republican outrage "with kittens because, seriously, f*** that guy". This extension works on lots of sites, with more and more being added. Instead of looking at the TIC*, I can instead see photos of sweetly cute kittens on news sites and on Yahoo when I check my mailboxes. (*Toddler In Chief)
And speaking of Cats, there is a movement afoot with regard to the Women's March on Washington, being held on 21 January, the day after the
Firstly, the name is a problem for me. I actively dislike it. I find that using it in this way, and for this purpose destigmatizes the vulgar and demeaning way the republican candidate used it to degrade women. I disagree that co-opting it takes away the negative connotation and in some way empowers women. It doesn't. It merely says, "It's okay after all. Even they use it." And knowing his mentality, that's exactly what he'll say.
Secondly, a multitude of women will be marching on the nation's capital to remind the new administration that We Are Here and that We Matter. Our concerns are serious ones. We want to protect our rights to equal pay, to reproductive choice, to equal employment opportunity and advancement, to marry and love whom we wish. We want to remind the administration that we have voices to be heard in matters of education, immigration, economic representation, and medical research funding. Women are fighting for their equality, even now in the year 2017. Is the gravity of these issues best served by juvenilizing and infantilizing women marchers in a hat with kitty cat ears?
I am proud to be a strong American woman. Proud to "Use My Words"--my best and most erudite ones whenever possible. Proud that I did not fall for the carcass of hate and fear and bigotry that the republican candidate dragged in. One of the brave patriots of this country seems like a mystic now when he said to Congress back in 1775:
"...it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it."
Oh, Patrick Henry! What you must think of us now. Just like that cat in the garage door, I'll bet.