Advance warning: this is written completely without structure and is more of a rant than a blog post. If you are in any way right wing and do not wish to have your head bitten off by a rabid, angry lefty, please step away now or comment at your freaking peril.
Second advance warning: swearing prolific. I’m fucking cross, y’all.
Today, I am very, very angry indeed. I feel as though I should clarify a few things before I start writing this post properly, however.
I am a twenty-one year old left-wing, pro-choice feminist who believes in equality of all kinds, the welfare state, and the right of people from Eastern Europe to live in my country without being turned in to scape-goats. I believe in human rights, education, the arts, and any number of other things which label me as your typical angry lefty. I believe in freedom of religion and freedom of expression, and so long as you don’t try to force your religious views down my throat, we can be friends. (And I include evangelical atheists in that category.)
I believe in paying as much tax as is necessary to fund healthcare in this country, and I believe that people like my mother, who can’t work because of serious long term health problems, should be supported by the state and not persecuted. That said, I also believe that unemployed graduates like my friend Jenni, and unemployed young people, and unemployed old people, and ALL OF THE UNEMPLOYED should be supported by the state, and not persecuted. At the moment, jobs are scarce, and people need money to buy, y’know, food and stuff.
And I also believe that people who think “England is for the English” are fucking nuts, because this country has been invaded and re-invaded so many times that proving yourself to be pure Anglo-Saxon is, I would think, impossible.
As you can probably tell from the above tirade, I am a fairly angry most of the time.
But, today I am angrier than usual, because, to be frank, shit is going down in this world, and I am not happy about it.
I woke up today to two pieces of international news that I struggled to get my head around in my 7am it’s-the-holidays-shut-up haze. The first of these was about Wendy Davis and the Texas filibuster. The second was about yet another Australian Labor Party leadership spill. As the day progressed, news came in about how Generation Y (my generation) is, broadly speaking, more right wing than previous generations, and how George Osborne is cutting £11.5 billion of public spending in his 2015-16 spending review.
All in all, it has not been a good day for angry left-wing British feminists who believe in the welfare state. It has also not been a good day for Julia Gillard, or, indeed, Wendy Davis.
As I was reading up on all these things, and feeling increasingly disenchanted with the state of the world, and, oh, let’s say existence in general, I did come across something wonderful, though. Out of all of this horrifying nonsense and confusing political crap, something caught my eye and made me smile.
Because yes, it may well be true that the Texas senate attempted to REWRITE FUCKING TIME in order to pass their bill on abortion (which, for the record, seems likely to have all but banned it in the state) despite Senator Davis’ gutsy and down-right fantastic efforts in the art of the filibuster - but it is also true that the internet had her back the whole way. Over night, my twitter, facebook and tumblr feeds exploded with feminist anger, and support for a woman brave enough to do that in a state so dominated by opposing views.
Millions of young women, and, blissfully, young men across the world jumped on Senator Davis’ cause, and while it appears that the filibuster remained out of mainstream news in the USA, Generation Y was all over it online. Quite honestly, the world might not have noticed what Senator Davis was doing were it not for the overwhelming support she received from the internet generation.
The fact that so many people so publicly came out in support of a woman standing up for the rights of other women is wonderful – and I very much doubt that Senator Davis’ actions will only see their consequences enacted in Texas. The stand Wendy Davis took for so long last night has raised the issue of women’s reproductive rights once again, but this time, I think that people have truly started to listen. The actions of the Republicans in Texas light night were deplorable, and for once, it is almost impossible for them to justify themselves.
For far too long, the political, social and economic issues of a diverse female population have been dealt with by very few, grey-haired, white men in suits. Last night, Senator Wendy Davis, the Texan public and the world took a stand, and stated, once and for all, that this is no longer acceptable.
Out of all the shit, bad news and confusion of the past 24 hours, this is something I for one can truly get behind.
Thank you, the internet, for providing us with a forum to acknowledge that other people are as fed up of the state of the world as we are. Thank you for letting us all realise that other people also care. And thank you, more than anything, for supporting wonderful women like Senator Davis with their campaigns and hard work, and for offering them a platform to express their views openly.