Surviving this year was an accomplishment. We invite you to take comfort, strength, and encouragement of President Barack Obama getting the irrepressible giggles during the filming of his first White House Christmas address.
TIME magazine has announced their Person of the Year, and it’s actually People: the silence breakers who have come forward about the sexual harassment and assault they’ve experienced — as TIME calls them, “the voices that launched a movement.”
I was talking with a group of guy friends recently, the sole woman amid a collection of dudes as they stream-of-consciousness workshopped their way to understanding the ongoing storm of sexual harassment accusations. It’s not a pleasant position to be in — I was glad to be able to help them understand things, but thinking about that stuff at that level and having to articulate it that way was exhausting and also made me want to go home and take, like, twelve showers. But they and others have asked what they need to know and what insights they need to have when discussing sexual harassment with women. So here’s some.
Not because we need to let it go — we’re under no requirement to let anything go that we don’t want to, so there. But our president is an infant, and Alabama is preparing to put a monster in the U.S. Senate, and parts of Puerto Rico still don’t have water, but you know what? The snow-throwing effects here are great, and the costume change is even cooler, and the girls are adorable, and the acting isn’t half bad, either.
It almost feels too self-indulgent to enjoy even tiny lighthearted pleasures while people are dying and people are being attacked for protesting people dying. Almost. It could be argued that We Need It even more. And We Need It to double up on awesome women.
Things are dire in Puerto Rico. They’re desperate for help. Here’s a quick rundown of what they’re facing, along with a (constantly updated) lists of ways we can help.
I’m not currently single, which is good, because if I were on the market, apparently I’d be expected to date Trump supporters for the good of humanity, and no.
Watching Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey ravage the western Gulf Coast, with no apparent intention of leaving before the entire region is under water, and feeling helpless? Reasonable. When what people need is to be literally boatlifted from their flooded homes, it’s hard to sit hundreds of miles away and feel like there’s nothing you can do to make anything better. But you can! There are things you can do to help.
You know how the world sucks, and everything is bad, and the U.S. president seems to be really trying to start a nuclear war, like a kid in middle school who talks big to show off to his friends but doesn’t realize that the other kid he’s messing with is dead serious when he talks about beating the crap out of the first kid? And the tech community is all “but what if women really are genetically bad at software” and women in said community are all “but no” and the community is all “hush woman, [DEATH THREAT]?” Well, here’s a guy on Twitter asking how to hit on a woman in the gym whose headphones should be an obvious sign that she DOES NOT WANT YOU TO DO THAT.
You may have seen recent discussion of some shitty goings-on at Google and wondered what it was all about. If that is the case, trust me, you’re good. Keep wondering. There’s already enough going on the world that sucks without piling this on, too.
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