In the 21st century, being female is still assumed to be a valid provocation for harassment and violence. Men who wish to harm women will continue to coexist with the rest of us until the large-scale systems, particularly the criminal justice system, stop protecting and shrugging away their crimes.
Stop telling me to take a bath to relax.
Self-care puts the solution on the individual rather than the people, the systems, and the reasons the January 6 insurrection, for example, was allowed to happen in the first place.
Intentionally and unintentionally, America put Vice President Harris on a well-deserved and hard-earned pedestal that’s higher than President Joe Biden’s. But heavy accolades come with high expectations that are rarely met in everyone’s eyes.
Kamala Harris is being set up to fall short of high expectations. Her inevitable mistakes will reinforce unrealistic standards for women of color.