Friday BARB UP December 8, 2017

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Not meeting my heroes has agreed with me, with the exception of meeting Gloria Steinem on a few occasions, because she, she does not disappoint. She gives you all of her attention, if only for a moment, when someone interrupts you to have their moment. I know a lot of women who I admire, who I’m friends with, who are strong and determined and kind and generous and completely who I want to know. Today, the heaviness of the world at large weighing in on me, I want to applaud all the women in my life because without them, I’d be drowning right now, truly. I’m not close with every single person, but every woman has an impact, in her own way. So to you, my friends, I am honored to know you, all of you ladies that lend me your ear, that I’ve had that one conversation with, that I see only in the summer/UCB/randomly about/on social media, that respond to texts/ reply to emails/ pick up the phone, that stay by my side, that will meet me for a hot chocolate/diner food/anything on that menu, that will jump in the air with me, that will play dress up, that carry your own load and honor me with your trust, that reach out and make sure I’m okay, that remember me, that are my friends. Not every women is able to do every single thing but all the women in my life have a role in it, and for that I am so grateful. Your thoughtfulness makes a difference. It’s inspirational. It’s a reminder to me to not let you down. Support all women? Yes. You are my heroes.

Watching the men I’ve admired be accountable for their predatory behavior has been a bitter truth to absorb. This one hurt, on myriad levels. Senator Al Franken: “An important part o the conversation we been having last few months is about how men abuse their power and privilege to hurt women. I am proud that during time in the senate I have used m power to be a champion of women, and that I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside every day. A very different picture of me has been painted over the last few weeks, but I know who I am.

Meryl Streep: “Equal means equal. And if it starts at the top, none of these shenanigans would have filtered down and been tolerated.”

Roxane Gay: “Words matter. The truth matters. It is incomprehensible that this needs to be said, but this needs to be said.”

Allison Janney: “I think it’s an empowering moment for a lot of women who’ve held on to secrets and held this shame, and how wonderful for them to be able to say it, and dammit, the shame should be on the abusers, never the person, and damn the people who try to manipulate someone else.”

Samantha Bee, nailing it as she does every week.

Oh hey you with the raccoon eyes? I think you’re cute.

I always enjoy a vibrator review.

And now have a laugh with Michelle Wolf.


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