The graph above shows a Gallup poll which compares Americans' confidence in U.S. institutions in the 1970s vs. 2017. Confidence in these institutions, which include the presidency and congress, church and organized religion, banks, schools, and the medical system have all sharply dropped over four decades. My mom was born in 1970, and she was… Continue reading When institutions fail
Before 2015, I was more or less apathetic about election politics. I was an Obama supporter, but was registered as an Independent and, except for watching the occasional debate, did not pay a lot of attention to 'politics,' especially not on a local level. At that time, my impression of 'politics' was that it was… Continue reading My lack of faith in the establishment is anything but apathy.
I turned 30 this summer. It's something I had looked forward to since my early twenties; I hoped that, by the time I was leaving that decade, I would feel more grounded, more clarity, more comfortable with myself and my place in the world. I hoped that maturity would ease my agonizing neuroses, that I… Continue reading Now I know what feminism really means.
We've just come out of a year that was called the "gloomiest" for humanity in over a decade... 2017. The verdict isn't out yet on 2018, but judging by the news and social media feeds, the trend continues: gloominess mixed with anger, hostility, apprehension and anxiety. I know these feelings intimately. I've been through an… Continue reading What it means to be undefeated