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27 January 2017 @ 10:49 am
Women’s March: Dublin  

This will be a long picture-heavy post, so I’m going to open it with a fresh link to my IT’S A REBELLION: I REBEL t-shirt at Zazzle. I don’t actually know if they’ll let me keep it up and if they don’t I won’t put it up again, so get it now while the getting is good.

I went to the Dublin arm of the International Women’s March on Washington last Saturday. There were 2-3000 people marching here, which thrills me (although honestly, it doesn’t make me as happy as the 2000 people who turned out in Anchorage during a snowstorm, of the 2000 who turned out in Fairbanks in -25 degree weather, or the people who marched on Adak (the US’s westernmost municipality), or in Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), or IN ANTARCTICA, but it still makes me pretty goddamn happy), and the truth is that although I didn’t really want to go (I had a cold, my sister wasn’t able to march, etc), I was really, really glad I did. It made me feel better.

20170121_123743 I came dressed in symbolism. Lemme tell you what’s going on in this picture:
LOVE: but not just love, because 1. total Supernatural geek shirt, and 2. that stylized “O” is the symbol that protects the heroes of Supernatural from demons, so…yeah
PEACE: vintage peace, in fact; that’s my Mom’s peace necklace from the 60s. Obviously I was also wearing it in her memory and honor in the Women’s March.
RED & BLACK: ready to fight for the above
HOT CHOCOLATE: look, it was cold out :)

But seriously, I chose what I was wearing on Saturday carefully. I’d have worn my IT’S A REBELLION: I REBEL t-shirt, except I’ve gained a lot of weight over the last six months and it doesn’t fit. So I went with something else, but I knew what I was doing.


The start of the Women’s March in Dublin, January 21, 2017
the start of the women's march in dublin


“We are many, they are few.” This, along with the sign that said MANY SNOWFLAKES MAKE A STORM (which I didn’t get a picture of), heartened me more than anything else. Those two phrases just really helped me.
We are many, they are few.


“Tell me what democracy looks like! / This is what democracy looks like!”
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There was a loooot of Princess Leia representing, and I can’t help thinking that Carrie Fisher would have just been so fucking pleased.
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Rest of the pics behind the cut. :)




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Opposite sides of the same sign:
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Shepherd Fairey’s WE THE PEOPLE posters represented. Also, I just loved the “what the actual fuck” poster, which is referencing the bit in the Irish constition that says a woman’s place is in the home. (I’m not even kidding. It’s in the constitution.)
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This sign was carried by a young man. The other side said “Not in my locker room.”
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& rounding out with “We are many” again, because I think we all really need to hold on to that. ♥
We are many, they are few.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on January 27th, 2017 12:13 pm (UTC)
I marched on Saturday too. I live in a small town in upstate NY and they estimate we had 500 people. The closest medium-sized town, Binghamton, had 3,000. I only found out about the march an hour before it was happening, so I didn't have a sign, but I wore my "Nasty Woman" shirt. The energy was amazing, and as with you, lifted me up immensely.

Of course, the week since then has brought me down, and I'm trying hard to figure out how to balance being active and informed and vocal without being stressed/angry/depressed and also without inundating my followers on FB and Twitter with political stuff they may not agree with. Sigh.

Not to mention finding the ability to stay creative in the face of the end of the world as we know it...

But one way or the other, I rebel too.
kitmizkit on January 27th, 2017 12:25 pm (UTC)
Literally everybody I know is struggling with trying to find that balance. *Everybody*.

I do tend to feel that social media is a self-selecting audience, and if readers who come looking for me aren't already basically at least aware, if not in support, of my politics, and get upset at what I'm sharing on social media, then off is the general direction in which they may fuck. I don't even mean that in a nasty way, it's just that this is who I am and what I believe in and I'm not about to hide that under a blanket for someone else's comfort.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on January 27th, 2017 12:34 pm (UTC)
Absolutely.
Alix (Tersa): Arnold--contemplative (tersa)tersa on January 27th, 2017 03:48 pm (UTC)
I do tend to feel that social media is a self-selecting audience

I believe the same thing and had a similar conversation with someone this week about it. :)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on January 27th, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC)
I wore my "WaywardAF" t-shirt, and at the end of the march (I was in San Diego, since I'd planned to be down there for a signing anyway), I got glommed onto by several women wearing their AKF and SPN gear.

It was a good moment.

Marches are incredibly useful for reminding us that no, we're NOT alone, as we type into keyboards and pick up phones. The photos help us remember that. Keep looking at 'em. :-)
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on January 28th, 2017 04:07 am (UTC)
I'd havered about going until literally the night before. I loathe crowds and am generally a little skeptical about the efficacy of marches (although they seem to have more power to get under That Man's skin) and felt like the "ask" was diffuse. Plus some of the organizing got off to a rocky start. Ended up deciding to go because P's nieces came down to march and both niblings wanted to march, so I came to balance the kid-adult ratio some and to use my local knowledge to help ensure safety/comfort for the kids. And it ended up being really wonderful. The kids gave great energy and the crowds were pleasant and helpful and, well, yeah, it was comforting to feel so much more in solidarity with my country... good stuff.

Edited at 2017-01-28 04:07 am (UTC)