…, “when capitalism is unproblematized, it’s easier to draw the binary of capitalism and socialism.” If Democratic socialism includes roads, vaccines, health care, and electricity, then maybe Republican capitalism involves sick people who can’t afford health care, have nowhere to drive, and are just sitting in the dark.
…to him, these crushes. Ted was drawn to the kind of dreamy girls to whom open cruelty was anathema. Instead, perhaps understanding that their earlier small attentions had been the doorway through which Ted had entered uninvited, the girls set about locking themselves down. Instituting some universally understood emergency girl protocol, they refused to make eye contact, spoke to him only when necessary, and stood as far across the room as it was possible to get. They barricaded themselves inside fortresses of chill politeness, where they hunkered down and waited for as long as it took for him to go away.
If you’ve learned anything by now, let it be that women compare notes. That we are angry. That we know how much we’re doing. (Do you?) We know how much still needs to be done. We know that our children are the first and best opportunity to change things in profound ways we can only begin to imagine. We know we are winning some battles but losing so many more. We feel less safe now than we did just 18 months ago. We are exhausted.