Interruption: Fuck the Patriarchy
You taught me ‘bout your past
Thinkin’ your future was me
And you were tossing me the car keys
“Fuck the patriarchy” keychain on the ground
We were always skipping town…
So casually cruel
In the name of being honest.
–Taylor Swift, “All Too Well” (10 minute version) (Taylor’s version)
I am writing this in Germany, where yesterday, I woke up to the leaked SCOTUS opinion. Anyone paying attention knew this was coming since RBG died: the theocrats’ fifty-year plan has paid off big-time. It was what [my grandmother] Ardyth wanted more than anything. I wonder if she would have actually been happy, or just a bit less angry.
Also: Fuck the Green Party.
Originally in 2000, Ralph Nader said he wouldn't run in competitive states. Then his ego got the better of him. That evil shit got way more votes in Florida than the “official” margin that allowed the Supreme Court to stop the counting and make Bush president. Bush then appointed Alito, who wrote today's "This is how The Handmaid's Tale starts” opinion. (Alito cites – again, to support a legal decision in 2022 – Matthew Hale, a 17th century “jurist” who had at least two women executed for witchcraft and wrote a treatise supporting marital rape.)
Well done, Republican women. Especially you, Susan Collins, you POS.
Again in 2016, Green Party also got more votes than Cheeto Jesus's margin over Hillary in PA, WI, and MI. And we know how that worked out: three “Roe is established law” liars in four years.
But while the well-off (like me) will rant, the end of a woman's right to bodily autonomy will literally and profoundly hurt millions of people. And this unnecessary misery and adversity will continue until we realize elections aren’t just ways for us to make a personal statement. They matter in terms of real and profound suffering. The elections of 2000 and 2016 will continue to matter even after we wise up, given that we have given the Court to the theocrats for decades.
I can't tell you how many people told me in 2000 and 2016 that they didn't "like" Gore or Hillary. (The saddest but most accurate meme today is a picture of young Handmaidens, with the caption, “Yes I know. But I just didn’t like Hillary.”) They wanted Bernie or nothing. They wanted to "send a message." And now, because of their egomania, untold poor people will be forced to carry a pregnancy to term and give birth. And countless children will be born into poverty.
It is 2022. We should be working to secure basic human rights for transgender people, and our concern for animals should be increasing. We should be expanding the circle of our moral concern. Instead, the Supreme Court has decreed that half our population no longer has the right to self-determination.
I knew this was coming as soon as Anthony Kennedy retired. But still, when I think about it, I am so goddamn angry.