It is cloudy and cold here today, which means it is the perfect day to stay inside under blankets. That is exactly what I am going to do too.
GRATEFUL FOR: This week has been another week fraught with stories of sexual abuse. While difficult to read, I am so grateful for everyone who is coming forward to share their stories of sexual assault/harassment/abuse. I know this has led to some frank discussions with my husband, who is now seeing these stories in a completely different light. I also think this is the beginning of a much-needed and long overdue dialogue within the country. It is too soon to consider it a revolution, but it is a step in the right direction.
ENJOYED: My best friend got married last night. Her wedding was beautiful. She was gorgeous. Her husband is a darling. We danced, we drank, we had a blast celebrating the newlyweds.
LOOKING FORWARD TO: Connor is coming home on Friday night for Thanksgiving break. I can’t wait!
Here are past posts from the few last weeks in case you missed them the first time:
- It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 6 November 2017
- The surprisingly feminist Sleeping Beauties
- Quackery – Not so much
- Fabulous Friday – 10 November 2017
- What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 4 November 2017
It has reached the point with the sexual abuse allegations that I’m hoping people are starting to understand how prevalent it is. And how much we need to help the men in our lives be better at avoiding doing/saying the things that they didn’t even know were unwelcome.
Exactly. I did have an excellent conversation the other day with Jim about this. He was wondering if these allegations coming out so many years after the fact are “taking things too far.” I told him the fact that these women and men are bringing them up now only shows me how traumatized they were at the time and that those feelings never left them. I then reminded him about my #metoo story. I think he finally got it. Now, more men need to do the same.
I’ve felt the same way about the accusations coming out the last little while. They’re devastating to hear about, but I’m so thankful so many people are standing up at the same time, and hopeful that something will actually happen to improve the lives of people in the future. It’s horrific what sorts of things people got away with.
I am just thankful that this is the first topic since last year’s election where I was able to convince my husband that women are not blowing things out of proportion. We had a great conversation about these victims and the sheer number of them coming forward now, and I remain hopeful that other women are having similar conversations and successes with their male relatives. If we can turn the tide and make a majority of the naysayers realize just how endemic this behavior is, then this has not been in vain.
Congratulations to your friend and yay to Connor coming home! I feel the same about the accusations of sexual abuse — it’s miserable hearing story after story after story about people who were victimized, but it’s refreshing and wonderful to see them being believed.
The fact that victims are becoming less afraid to come forward and that men are beginning to believe them speaks volumes, doesn’t it? There will always be a group who think that these women and men are coming forward to capture the headlines or to earn some quick money, but as long as they are the minority we will have made tremendous process.
Yay for Connor coming home! Your family picture from last night was adorable. I’m so glad you all had fun! Enjoy the day of relaxing. I finished all my adult responsibilities for the day and will be doing the same thing now!
Thanks, Brandie! It was wonderful not going anywhere yesterday. Jim managed the dance drop-off and pick-up for me. I love when he does that.