Appalled and outraged in November last year, I co-organized a rally to protest that time honored American tradition embraced by presidential candidates: ye olde grabbing of the women by their pussyes. How naïve I was to believe voters would revile such a practice and certainly cast out the pervert pox running for president. Our signs were on point, though: “No Perverts for President.” “Pussy Grabs Back.” A hashtag was born: #NotUpForGrabs.
Survivors of assault, molestation, rape, harassment, oppression, subjugation, misogyny, racism, sexism and transphobia came to share and, if not to pray, then at least to pillory the pervert back to hell. Karina Barillas, director of LaCasita Center, gave us goosebumps with her “no mas” entreaty long before the country would learn several women in Alabama allege former Judge Roy Moore tried to “move on them” (in Trump’s words), when they were teenagers, and the #NoMoore movement was born. That November day we were strong. We were confident. We were united.
We were wrong.Read More ›