This a tale of two realities. In Washington D.C. last night Dr. Lynette Long and three of her middle class, middle aged women friends were harrassed and assaulted at a popular restaurant, including being called “cunts” and dragged by the hair and punched in the face. The incident itself is bad enough. What makes it really despicable is the response of the restaurant management and the police. And in Chicago last week ,a 14 year old girl was told by classmates she should be “crucifixed” and “burned” for wearing a McCain shirt to school.
That’s one reality. A reality that is becoming ever more real for many of us who have been watching Swamp Misogyny advance: from the BOIZ blogs, to the network news, to the voting booth, and now, to the streets. Lynette Long says, “there’s something in the air — I can feel it.”
But let’s not let ourselves drown in despair. There is another reality today as well. A kinder, braver, and more loving reality. This better, more truly American reality was manifest in dozens of cities in all 50 states all afternoon and in to the evening. Many are probably still rallying and organizing now. Here’s to all the lesbian, gay, transgendered, and straight people who took to the streets today in defense of our Constitutional rights and our reputation as a freedom-loving country. (pictures by danceswithpumas)