The Canadian feminist and mayor of Ottawa, Charlotte Whitton, coined a phrase that has been on my mind lately: “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” She could have said “Women only have to do a fraction of what men do to receive a disproportional amount of heckling”. And, I disagree with the last part she said – dealing with this WILL indeed be difficult! You know what I’m talking about – what an absolute marathon of drudgery and depravity this election has been. I honestly can’t wait for it to be over. And yet, it won’t be.
You see, I fear that society has changed during these trials. Hate, lies, homophobia, misogyny, and racism, have bubbled up and are now perfectly and acceptably visible, as they are seething on the surface of this cesspool of humanity we call our home. So much ugliness has been spewed out into the open during this last year. I suppose I always knew some measure of these sentiments were out there, but it is disconcerting to see the staggering enormity of this quivering, hateful state of mind so openly displayed. Is its new visibility a good thing, or was it better when it was stashed away and hidden from view in the form of societal undercurrents?
Post-election USA will be an interesting scenario to observe. Decency is all but gone, and civility and good manners have been trampled and crushed like a pet in a mosh pit. Personally, I think that perhaps its a good thing that all this sludge floated to the top. Uncomfortable yes, but good. When you can see it, you can face it. And when you can face it, you can discern its proportions, and form an idea of how to tackle it. It’s like we just opened up another Pandora’s box, and now we have to deal with the consequences. I don’t envy Hillary one bit (assuming she will shatter the glass ceiling, and emerge on top). She has been the target for scrutiny and scathing criticism for over three decades now. Despite the crescendo of crap heaped upon her from the political latrine, she is managing – shall we say – swimmingly. Don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for phase 2 in this transformational shit storm.