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I woke up in the middle of the night last night to what smelled like campfire. Half asleep and somewhat reluctantly, I got out of bed to make sure nothing in my house was actually burning. Everything seemed to be fine, but I couldn’t fall back to sleep. Because the body knows.
When I woke up this morning, no longer midnight-delirious, it was obviously from the nearby fires – something I could not discern in my sleepy state. Now I’m watching the sunrise from my bed, a wild molten neon orange. Unnatural. Unreal.
Yesterday I watched a video of a mother who lost her son to gun violence in the Thousand Oaks shooting this week – I can’t bring myself to link to it here, her pain is so agonizing and visceral. “My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn't come home last night, and I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns.”
Unnatural to lose a child. Too real because it’s happening all of the time.
The shooter was, as it almost always seems to be, a white man who had long exhibited signs of violence towards women, including his mother and a high school track coach.
This morning my friend Judith posted on Facebook, “Think of how much gun violence we could prevent if we just took sexual assault seriously.”
How much could we prevent if we took women seriously, and people of color, and queer folx?
I’m hopeful. We got a lot of wins on Tuesday. Disappointments too, but I think it’s important not to gloss over the good parts. For the first time ever, there are over 100 women heading to Congress.
A few links for your weekend reads:
Our friends Mary + Myles launched a wedding videography business called Thick and Thin Films (how great is that name?) and they're giving away three free wedding videos to Bay Area couples. Learn more and enter here! Or spread the word to your engaged friends, yeah?
We were featured in two interviews this week – hope and easel collective interviewed me and Kim about Women Catalysts and Ellen and I got to chat about all of my different projects
A brief history of female rage in art
Speaking of, two of my favorite things
Discuss: best work advice column of all time or absolute best?
The false science linking body shape to personality
The long tradition of shaming black voters
Where Texas goes next
Where we're going next: we've got Lightning Talks in SF on Tuesday, a pop-up in Mexico City next Thursday (please share with your friends!), and an East Bay event next month.
We’ll be back here in after the holiday in few weeks. In the meantime, come share your celebrations with us in the Facebook group.