When I noticed the other day that Liz Meriwether had recommended Agatha Christie’s Poirot as an “antidote to the 2016 election” in New York Magazine back in August, I had one of those moments where you can deeply, personally, relate to an article. Here is Meriwether, on fictional private detective Hercule Poirot’s signature mustache:
At the beginning of October, protestors in Poland, dressed in black, successfully prevented that nation’s government from turning already-restrictive abortion laws into a ban. Earlier this week, protestors took on the latest proposal from this strongly Catholic country: a restriction on abortion even in cases where the fetus would not survive, or is severely deformed. The idea is to allow the fetus to make its way into the world (that is, to compel the woman carrying that fetus to give birth) so that there would be time for the baby to be baptized and then buried.
Everyone! #GrabYourWallet & tell the stores that sell Donald’s products and those of his campaign surrogates: we won’t shop until they drop. pic.twitter.com/6XK3EAGdlV— Shannon Coulter 🎃 (@shannoncoulter) October 20, 2016
Masses of women wearing white and chanting songs of peace made their way through the dust of northern Israel on their way to Kfar Yehoshua in the Jezreel Valley. It was the fifth day of the March of Hope, and a core group of 19 women, surrounded by hundreds of supporters, were walking for peace.
Due to Trump’s overt misogyny, there’s been a shift not just in how American women discuss abuse, but in how even relatively minor blips of sexism are received by a fed-up population. I’m thinking, specifically, of my own reaction to a blog comment that was, in turn, tangentially in response to Alice Robb’s brilliant Elle profile of a former dancer: “Dancers are the only women who look attractive when naked,” opined commenter “jim jones,” because clearly the story at hand wasn’t about the plight of ballet dancers, whose effective retirement age is earlier than most, but about the high standards, toned-ness-wise, that dudes on the internet have for the female form.