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09 November 2016 @ 06:02 pm
Three things  
1. Just when I think I have a handle on how much sexism outweighs every other rational consideration in some parts, I am shown to have underestimated the situation yet again.

2. The people who are massive twunts are already being massive twunts. The rest of us need to not become massive twunts in response, but to look out for each other and just keep believing that decency will one day be a political value again. It remains the one thing that will keep us all going.

3. If necessary, I have a spare room, and we could fit tents on both the back deck and the front lawn. Hot in summer, but at least the winter is mild!
宝井かりん: 和也 - realizetakarai_karin on November 9th, 2016 07:09 am (UTC)
I'm so scared right now Brammers. I know some of it may be just me being pessimistic, but people that elected him don't need help hating my country already without him at the helm.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 9th, 2016 07:29 am (UTC)
You'll get through this. We'll all get through this. If nothing else, Trump is so useless and his coterie so horrible that we only have to survive four years of awful. We've all done that before. On the upside, he and Putin are very unlikely to nuke each other!
宝井かりん: 和也 - realizetakarai_karin on November 9th, 2016 07:49 am (UTC)
It's jsut that, I dunno of this made international news, but there was a huge, politically-backed demonstration last week in Jakarta. Thousands upon thousands of right wing hardliners wanting the governor to be locked up cause he supposedly defame the Quran. It was a big conspiracy, it's so obvious because the last president's son is running for governor and suddenly they're lining up and riling up the right wing conservatives who hated the fact that the governor is of Chinese descent (the first one ever elected into prominent government office) and a christian.

When I looked at those people marching and looting and burning stuff I just got so scared, I know those people hate me because of my religion, and then to top it off the US decided to elect a bigot backed by their own right win conservatives and they hate me for my skin colour.

I've gone through this when I was younger, in 1997 with The Reformation when the looting masses were attacking my church (the only one in my small town). I had to duck underneath the benches, petrified. They were wrecking the windows and almost got in. When the adults managed to arrange for a truck to get us all home (there were mostly students in there, it was in the middle of the week), my brother had to cover his face because he looked visibly of chinese descent and it was too dangerous for him (me, I look brown, I could blend in). I had flashback to that incident as I watched the news in Jakarta, I've been having trouble sleeping and now this.

It just feels like there's so many hate. The world is horrible.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 9th, 2016 10:54 am (UTC)

I did know about that, it was leading news here, but it could have done with more context, because we just see a protest, not all the people who are horrified by it and who have spent years hoping that this sort of thing can't happen again.

The world is very screwed up right now. I think the only thing we can do is to be kind, and welcoming and hope and hug. I have so much hope for you, for your country, both of mine, and for the Americans. And I'm trying to finish books to make lots of money to move us all to Iceland or New Zealand if it all goes horribly wrong.

宝井かりん: 和也 - realizetakarai_karin on November 9th, 2016 11:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, this actually put a smile on my face, imagining you as this mother hen opening sanctuaries for marginalized LJers. Yes pl count me in in your haven, brammers.

Thank you for the hugs, too <3
ecosopherecosopher on November 9th, 2016 08:06 am (UTC)
I'm so sad.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 9th, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
I have a side order of fucking outraged that America is THAT sexist. Though how it could come as a surprise is a mystery to me
Geneva2010geneva2010 on November 9th, 2016 11:29 am (UTC)
Our political enemies are ruthless and they will stop at nothing. Everything is justified by their oh-so-glorious ends. I an so discouraged - by both the racism and the sexism. I would support west coast secession.
woldywoldy on November 9th, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
Just when I think I have a handle on how much sexism outweighs every other rational consideration in some parts, I am shown to have underestimated the situation yet again. Yes. I think this is a big part of what just happened - both the apologies made for Trump, and the attacks on Clinton. But I also think Americans are fools to be surprised by the sexism. With no statutory maternity leave, no ERA, huge earning discrepancies, and rampant rape and victim-blaming on college campuses then where was there reason to believe sexism wasn't a problem? People (including my former students) need to stop equating discrimination should not happen with discrimination does not happen now.
ozdobeozdobe on November 9th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
I already have set in motion to move to Tassie. Mid-year. It is a long process when animals and real estate are involved. I am just floored and all my friends are still in the world of "how did this happen?" - I think we know. It is sad evaluation of the average American.

Edited at 2016-11-10 07:22 pm (UTC)
connorblondconnorblond on November 9th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
4. People are stupid. They don't learn from history. They are vindictive and narcissist and ultimately selfish. Well, some people. Thank God not everyone.
Jaeenchanted_jae on November 10th, 2016 01:18 am (UTC)
*packs bags...and cats*

Hollyhollyxu on November 10th, 2016 02:58 am (UTC)
I'm so tired, I'm all emotioned and opinioned out. Group hugs all round?
oakstone730oakstone730 on November 10th, 2016 05:14 am (UTC)

Sigh. heartbreaking sadness but thank you for the open doors...
khalulukhalulu on November 10th, 2016 06:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for the offer. But I am heartened by the people saying "now we stay and keep up the good fight." It's miserable and horrifying news but around me people are supporting each other... I'll probably be laid off though, I teach English to foreign students and I don't think they'll be flocking here.
Catherine17catherines on November 10th, 2016 01:10 pm (UTC)
It's weird how personally I'm taking this one. Especially the sexism - how experienced and competent does a woman have to be to win over a racist, misogynist buffoon with no experience and no policies? I feel like I've been kicked in the stomach.
lokifanlokifan on November 14th, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
YES. Especially 2. Especially ESPECIALLY 1. Millenia of throwing away female talent apparently continue.