On current events
Ever since I started this site – nearly four years ago at this point – I’ve had a pretty strict personal policy to stay away from politics & current events. After all, I write mostly about makeup and skincare. Not that the things going on in the world aren’t relevant to that (consider the proposed ‘vanity tax‘ in the Philippines, or the push to ban microbeads in skincare) but it’s one of those topics that we can enjoy regardless of whatever other differences we might have. On top of that, I know beauty chat is a much-needed reprieve for me and a lot of other people from what feels like a constant barrage of bad news. So for those of you clicked this post expecting something a little bit lighter than what you’ve been seeing in your facebook feed, I apologize. So many people have spoken much more eloquently than I can about all the ways the actions of the Trump administration and the Republican party are despicable, but this is so important I feel the need to add my voice to theirs anyway.
The things we’re watching happen in America right now are not normal, and they are not right.
Like anyone, the list of social, economic and political issues that I care about is long. There have been laws and policies I’ve disagreed with. I’ve been worried, and angry, and outraged, and hurt. When you have any large group of people they’re going to have different opinions, and be emotionally attached to them. That is normal. But underneath the hurt and anger and worry I’ve always been confident that as a nation we’ll eventually come together and do the right thing, that we’ve learned from our mistakes, that even though things are far from perfect we’re not on a sinking ship. Over the last couple months, and especially the last two weeks, I no longer feel that confidence.
Sure, the ideas aren’t new. Fearing and scapegoating people who are ‘other’. Denying women choices about their own healthcare, whether that’s by passing laws or limiting access/funding. Putting greed before, well, before everything – humanity, compassion, the future of the planet itself. So for all the people taking to the internet saying ‘you’re overreacting’ I see where they’re coming from, because we’ve heard it all before. Even right now, halfway through a post that’s taken days to write, I wish I were overreacting. That things aren’t as bad as they look. Because right now, from where I sit, it looks bad.
I won’t recap all the horrible, awful things that have happened since January 20th because again, others have written about this with much more eloquence and expertise than I can. Instead, I’ll point you to an article by Yonatan Zunger that captures a small part of why I feel like we’re watching democracy break down in front of us – but keep in mind it’s three days old and the bad news hasn’t stopped. I’ll also say this: it’s too late to take the ‘wait and see’ approach. We’ve seen enough at this point. Right now I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed (can you tell?) but I’m trying my best not to let myself get numb to it all. Stay outraged. Call your representatives. Attend protests. When you see a company standing up for what’s right, vote with your dollars. Donate to the ACLU. Hell, just hug someone you don’t see eye to eye with. I don’t have the answers, but I’m hoping it’s not too late to fix this.
For now, I’ll leave it at that. Your regularly-scheduled makeup news will be back shortly, but for everyone who’s also feeling uncertain, confused and hurt right now, please know I’m thinking of you.