#NotMyLeader

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This man will never be my leader.

A leader does not divide a people.

A leader unites them.

A leader does not inspire fear in their people.

A leader conquers fear in their people.

A leader does not mock their people.

A leader inspires their people.

A leader does not encourage assault of their people.

A leader protects their people from assault.

This man at best will be the minority elected representative of the executive branch of our government.

He is no leader.

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NY Mag: Of Clinton and the Glass Ceiling that Didn’t Shatter

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This is a heartbreaking read.

The America I thought I knew, the America in which I thought I existed…one of progress, one of equality.

This election, this result, tells me that America doesn’t yet exist.

And reading this article, I am furious anew.

Furious for everyone insulted by Trump.

Furious for my daughters.

Furious on behalf of our country.

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Conway suggests truth doesn’t matter if it benefits Trump…

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This is not okay.

Trump’s entire campaign is based on vague words, vulgar, sexist and racist statements and the jingoistic mantra of “Make America Great Again.”

I get that people are angry.

I get that people want change from the status quo.

But Donald Trump is not the way.

He is not the change our country needs.

I hope our country does not vote for “change” for the sake of change in the form of the Republican nominee for the office of the President of the United States of America.

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Parity is not an infringement on the rights of males

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A comment by user merrywidow struck a chord with me today. The comment was in response to a blog post by Leslie Salzillo recounting the experience of Amber Nelson on an Alaska Airlines flight. On this flight, a male passenger interrupted an air safely briefing to comment on the appearance of the flight attendant. Commenting on this blog post and event,  merrywidow commented:

Gonna be tough for a lot of men when women get parity in public and private, no more putting up with this crap.

Here’s the thing: parity is not an infringement on our rights as males.

Holding your tongue and refraining from creating an uncomfortable or hostile environment is what moral, civil people do.

Anything less – any rationalization – of sexually suggestive, demeaning, taunting or aggressive is tantamount to declaring that men have some inherent right to this speech.

This is not the case. Words are not “just words”.

This is an excerpt from a letter I penned to my daughters:

Words are not just words.

Words have power.

They are an act of will.

They are an expression of a thought.

They are the physical manifestation of an intent to speak, the audible result of will.

They are thoughts given life, an act, which inspire others to further action.

Demanding parity is not an infringement on the rights of men.

It is, instead, honoring the equal right of women to enjoy a space free of aggression, of hostility, of having to play defense to ‘words’.

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