Don’t Get Mad. Get Power.

I’m probably about to make people mad, but, well, it won’t be first time, nor the last. At least 95% of the reaction I am seeing to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe is completely useless, if not actually harmful.

There is nothing you can post on social media that is going to have any impact at all on this decision. The slickest burn, the most carefully explained discussion of science, or the inherent hypocrisy, or facts and figures, the best meme you can make — none of them will have any impact on this decision. But you’ll feel as if you did something when you’ve really done nothing. And that’s dangerous.

There is no demonstration, not even one where millions and millions of women show up all over the world on the same day, in pink hats, with clever signs, that will have any impact on this decision. The people who are going to impose forced birth know that the majority does not agree with them. They don’t care. We’ve been marching for women’s reproductive rights since I was a young girl and, well, here we are. So you can travel to the demonstration, march all day, stand and listen to speakers until your back hurts and Roe is still going away. But you’ll feel as if you did something when you’ve really done nothing. And that’s dangerous.

Here’s the thing. The Christo-fascists who are doing this don’t care about anything except that they have power over you. They don’t care if you burn them on social media or if you show up for a march. They care that they have power over you. They don’t care if you delete your period app or tell friends you’ll help them “go camping.” They care that they have power over you. They don’t care if you’re angry. They care that they have power over you. They don’t care if women die. They care that they have power over you.

There’s really only one thing (short of methods I’m not going to advocate on a public blog) that can help and it’s maybe almost too late for that. Instead of being right on social media, pick a local campaign and a Senate campaign and get to work now. Donate money by going to ActBlue. Don’t donate to Planned Parenthood. Donate to pro-choice candidates, preferably women. Go to the candidates’ web pages and click the “Volunteer” button. Go to Postcards to Voters and start writing postcards now for this November’s election. Learn how to register voters in your state and set up a table outside of every event you can think of: Metro at rush hour, the local farmers’ market, the high school baseball tournament, Planned Parenthood. Don’t ask permission and if someone tells you to leave tell them you have a First Amendment Right to register voters. Say it with authority and it might work, at least for a while. Walk up and down the street in your neighborhood, knock on doors, and ask your neighbors to vote for the candidates you’ve picked. Run for office.

Get power over them. (Pace, Riane Eisler). That’s it. Everything else is just a placebo to numb the pain. They WANT you to stay on social media when you could be getting out the vote. They WANT you to go to a march when you could be getting out the vote. Stop giving them power over you.

2 responses to “Don’t Get Mad. Get Power.

  1. Nanette Furman

    Yes. Thank you. Only this will work

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