2017—the work begins

brightlightnewyearI too am going to say goodbye to 2016 by cursing it loudly and without hesitation. Then I’m going to prepare myself for 2017, when this country—and thus the globe—will be governed by a reckless xenophobe and misogynist. I lived through the post-election disbelief, through the mistaken assumption that I would never run into anyone who voted for the goon, through relief that my local cafe displayed regret and resolution on its chalkboard, and through mean exchanges I had in public places. But I was not outright harassed, threatened, or physically assaulted the way many others were. As a white ciss woman I’m relatively safe right now, but I remind myself that persecution begins by targeting the obvious “menaces” (read scapegoats) and snowballs until no one is safe. It didn’t take me long to realize that we had to get past grief and gird our loins for the next four years of fighting for basic rights and recognition. I say loins for a reason. One thing I encourage you to do is donate to Planned Parenthood. Yes, there are many other worthy organizations, but women’s right to abortion, and to sexual health, is being systematically eroded. This affects all of us. Don’t be lulled into complacency by the fact that Roe v. Wade won’t be eviscerated by a Supreme Court ruling. There’s blatant, loud persecution and then there’s the everyday operations of patriarchy, which, in the case of the government, works slowly and steadily to disempower women. We don’t want to impeach the next president because Mike Pence, who would become the next next president, is far worse. A Brief Reminder That Mike Pence Still Wants to Control Your Uterus.
executiverealnessisrealI’ve never worked naked. I need to wear street clothes and shoes even when I’m writing at home. Because discipline. I figured Portia could live out this fantasy. She’s celebrating the New Year by thinking things through, by strategizing. We need to make plans. A bigger boat isn’t going to cut it.

Credits
Happy New Year crown by Dm Devious Mind
Yoga shoes group gift by Blueberry (still available)
Hair by Wasabi Pills at Collabor88
Bandeau and briefs, two past group gifts from Milk Tea
Shot at Ballz Deep, in the BDSM/milk play room [I just TPed in, and it’s changed since I shot these pics: no guarantee you’ll find this setup]

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