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A few days out

I regret to say that my experience with the bigotry, misogyny, and homophobia of the last few years prepared me for the US election results.  I found despair and disillusionment, and experienced the power of those voices, several years ago and so expected this result though I so wished to be wrong.  The only good news in this is that  this has meant my shock is not as acute because I've already been there for a while and, in my privilege, am not at risk.  Still, there has been a lot of stress baking, Corgi petting, and avoidance for the better part of 6 months.  So, I am so sorry that I've not responded to you and thank you so much for reaching out to me.  It will take awhile to get through 200+ emails and reviews on this account, never mind the dozens of unread stories.  But going forward, please understand that I can be here for you if you need it. 

So, watch this space.  I did a long blather cross-posted here on why I do not believe that women and families will lose altogether access to Plan B, drug-based contraceptives, and the pills that induce medical abortions because the process to remove FDA-approved drugs from the market when the manufacturer doesn't want to remove the product is very difficult and long.  In other words, I think for the time being, you can cross off your list, "stockpile Plan B."  That comment was long and blathery and I am not familiar with the processes by which medical devices are removed from the market, like IUDs and some implants, so I'll update with something concise soon.

When I was trying to comfort someone at 3 AM on Wednesday morning, I told him how important it was that he continue his creative efforts to tell others about the works of fiction that he enjoyed and found hopeful.  We need that more than ever, I told him, and don't let despair stop you.

I recognize in this a call to create in our fiction the world we want to live in.  The reason I returned to fandom in 2009 was that I thought we were on the cusp of creating that world in RL.  Alas, this is not true.  A quote I used in TSG attributed to Gandhi was "Be the change you wish to see in the world."**    And so, for me, it will become "write the world you wish to see."     

(**BUT, lots of people aren't ready for that call and commitment and may never be.  No pressure, OK?  This HURTS and is scary.  Grieve as you must and take your own damned time about it.)



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anirt
Nov. 12th, 2016 07:52 pm (UTC)
I still don't have many words at all. Thinking about Niemoeller and increasing my personal online security and what next in every way.

Thanks for the women's health explanations. Still, it seems like the provisions that the copay on BC is 0 when you have insurance might disappear if ACA is replaced is plausible. I was really glad to get my IUD in August with no copay, ensuring I'm set till age 50 or 52, by which point pregnancy is very unlikely anyway.
rthstewart
Nov. 13th, 2016 04:55 am (UTC)
I know. It's all awful and we're all still processing it. I absolutely agree about affordability and coverage. I'm addressing the fear that these products will be banned, and I don't think that's the case.

HUGS. I'm so sorry. Thank you for trying so hard.
adaese
Nov. 13th, 2016 09:17 am (UTC)
If we cannot imagine a better world, we cannot fight for it. If we cannot describe our better world to others, we cannot expect them to fight for it. This is why speculative fiction is so important, and why there will always be those who try to stop or control it.

Don't let despair stop you, indeed. Well said.
wellinghall
Nov. 13th, 2016 12:07 pm (UTC)
It is very good to see you here again, rthstewart. I hope that we can all work to make a better world, through fic, through fandom, through all the ways we can.

Edited at 2016-11-13 12:14 pm (UTC)
lotl101
Nov. 14th, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear from you, though sad it's under these circumstances. *hug* Sending love to you and yours
(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2016 01:02 am (UTC)
A Few Days Out
Remember, Pence/Trump are not kings. This is not a monarchy. They are merely presidential/vice presidential elects. They must obey the law, as much as this may be distasteful. Yes, there are culture wars, yes there is division. Birth control? I don't see that becoming a hot topic (if you'll forgive the phrase). The big thing will be the elimination of Obamacare (which will affect me, unfortunately). The good news is that even the Republicans realize that Obamacare will need to be replaced with something and thus, I believe that the march toward single payer health care continues. As for the rest, the Republican Congress is not as monolithic Paul Ryan would have you believe. The Republicans may be suffering from what is known as "catastrophic success" which in the end my cripple them. Nothing is for certain and it will take years to unravel much of what is legal and not legal in the U.S. Do not panic. We have a long way to go.
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