I want you, the fair readers of this blog, to take a look at this outfit:
Saturday morning, I made a quick trip to Target. No, if you’re inquiring, I wasn’t there to add new purchases to my closet, nor did I bring any new clothes home. However, while walking past the women’s clothing section, I saw this mannequin with a nice pleated skirt and a simple pink top with… well, just read what it says.
Saturday was also a troubling day in the national news. If you haven’t heard, You Know Who got his man on the highest court in our country. Ugh. And it comes after a nomination period that saw said man be accused of gross misconduct in his younger days, including not one, nor two, but three women coming forward to claim he sexually abused them when they were all younger. More disgusting was the fact that said man vociferously deny those claims, which only exacerbated his bad character and made him look more guilty than he likely already was.
And yet, a group of mostly old, misogynistic men saw fit to put him on the highest court in our country.
Now, I know it’s impossible for our side to win every battle. But when a battle this important and this hard fought finds our side on the losing end, it’s hard not to feel disappointed. But through the disappointment, I saw the message on this outfit at Target and thought… yeah, I needed that message on Saturday.
Matter of fact, that was a message everyone needed on Saturday. And today. And every day during these dark times.
With those with evil in their hearts and dark motives on their minds threatening our community’s hard-fought freedoms, or at least just waiting do us harm, we should be a “vital voice…”
Yes, it’s good to be that “vital voice” for what’s right (not for the right side, if you know what I mean).
It’s best to be that “vital voice” to stand up for those who go without. It’s necessary to be that “vital voice” to stand and defend for those in our LGBT+ community who feel threatened for living as who they are, and should not be discriminated because of who they are.
It’s important, now more so than ever, to be a “vital voice” who can stand up to the bullies in our country and the men (well, they are almost all men) who are making all of us live in fear only because they’re living in fear of women who aren’t afraid to stand strong.
I cannot profess to being all that articulate in voicing support for the downcast and others like me in our community. Indeed, there are those much, much better than I’ll ever be in being that “vital voice.” But at least I can use this platform, small and unpolished as it may be, to highlight those who think positive and stay strong and never yield or give ground to the hateful.
Even if our voices are small, let’s all speak up together… for when we do, we will be come the VITAL VOICE (note the all caps) that is so very necessary at this time.
(Oh, the outfit? The shirt especially? A certain friend of mine is really big on social justice and standing up for the disadvantaged. I imagine she may want to buy that shirt the next time she’s at Target. Walk the talk, friend. *grin*)