I plan to do this in the spaces in which I live and work. Racist and sexist behavior colonizes public space, and reclaiming it with love and messages of solidarity matters. It matters for all of us, but right now especially for those who are directly threatened by Trump’s hate-filled rhetoric and the ways in which this election outcome has emboldened public attacks on Muslims, people of color, members of the LGBTQ communities, women and girls. I plan to practice solidarity….and to make a whole lot of noise as well.
“While Kimberly Theidon, a professor of humanitarian studies at Tufts University, took her dogs for a walk on Wednesday morning, she thought about the numerous times guys have driven by and shouted “some disgusting version of ‘great tits.’”
“This morning I blinked back tears, realizing those guys are even more emboldened as a result of this election,” Theidon said. “Yet another generation of young women will grow up having been made to feel that their bodies are somehow public property, and they will also keep putting one foot in front of another and not say a word for fear the car will circle back around a second time.”