• Signs of the Times

    Yesterday was the Women’s March on Washington, Chicago, Dayton, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, and hundreds of other cities across America and the world. I visited the local march here in OKC, which was quite possibly the largest mass demonstration in Oklahoma history. At one point, the crowd stretched from the Capitol building itself (north of 21st St.) down to 18th street, and all the way back to the Capitol, at least 10-12 people wide, throughout.

    Some of my (increasingly nominal) online friends have been asking what these women are marching about, presumably because they are too lazy to do even a minimal amount of due diligence on their own. Given the stupefying intellectual torpor of Trumpeteers and Brexiteers, I can see how it would be difficult for them to simply search and click and (shudder) read up. To that end, I present a collection of brightly colored signs, with easily digestible messages in tiny bites, drawn mostly from the march here in OKC.

    SCIENCE > OPINION

    The message here is that we should follow the scientific method wherever it leads us, instead of, for example, writing off unpleasant findings as a Chinese hoax. A similar message encouraged Oklahoma legislators to be informed, rather than merely opinionated. Anyone who has dealt with their annual barrage of anti-scientific bullshit should find this message appealing.

    BE KIND, DON'T REWIND

    Presumably this sign is about recent progress in civil rights, such as the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Bonus points for the ROYGBIV spectrum of hearts.

    ACLU - DISSENT IS PATRIOTIC

    The upside of using pre-printed signs from established civil rights groups is that people know exactly where you are coming from.

    From left to right:

    “If I wanted gov’t in my uterus, I’d sleep with a Senator”

    “OUR RIGHTS AREN’T UP FOR GRABS [PUSSYCAT EMOJI]”

    “SEPARATION OF UTERUS AND STATE”

    Pretty much self-explanatory, I hope.

    Julie wanted to get most everything on one sign. Bit wordy, but she rocks.

    This photo is actually from D.C. rather than OKC, but I felt compelled to include it since it pretty much sums up my feelings on the new President, a man who openly bragged about how he can get away with inspecting teenage models as they changed clothes, because he was their boss at the time. What an utterly disgusting human being. May his reign be short, his retirement abrupt, and his legacy ignominious.

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    • A quick visit to the Women’s March website should clear up any questions about their purpose and unifying principles. Still, I can’t blame people for being a bit confused. I saw a couple of the march organizers interviewed on TV, and their answers to some of the questions were not particularly clear. For example, they said that the march was not an anti-Trump demonstration. It may be the case that they did not intend it as such, but I suspect this is something with which most of the attendees would disagree. In any case, I think it is encouraging to see that dissent and the will to protest are still alive.

      • Rigid hierarchical systems may be adequately judged by the actions and statements of their leadership, but grassroots movements should be judged first and foremost by what is happening on the ground, rather than what the top-level organizers have stated about their original intent. That said, I’m not seeing a huge difference in this particular case.

    • Brenda Weber

      You “visited” the OKC March? Such a passive voice.

      • More precisely, I tagged along with four adult women and three of their daughters, providing moral support and occasionally pushing the stroller. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Which of the signs from the OP engages in science denialism?