If you’re like me, you’re probably just the slightest bit upset over the recent shenanigans going on in this country. Between racism being a valid defense, The Patriarchy reigning supreme over women’s bodies, and the typical non-necessarily-related-to-oppression-but-not-unrelated-either stress that we experience everyday, you might be ready to snap. Well, I understand how you feel, but just to keep us all in freedom fighting shape, I thought I’d share some ways to relieve some of the tension you might be feeling. After all, the feminist who takes care of herself (or himself) lives to fight bullshit another day.
I just finished a long run in the rain and it was exactly what I needed to clear my head. If I get tired, I just picture the necks of Republicans under my heels and pick up the pace. An even better way to unwind is kickboxing, because then you can picture your oppressors faces as you pummel the living shit out of a punching bag.
The intimacy and passion of rolling around with my fiance can remind me that some men aren’t androcentric pieces of shit who want to control women’s sexuality. And if I need more convincing that the world isn’t all bad, then I eat out my not-girlfriend or jill off like my life depends on it.
Or smoke weed. I’m not here to judge. While this might not be the healthiest means of dealing with stress, it’s still better than homicide. Maybe you can turn it into a drinking game: every time you look at the news and feel like dying a little, take a shot.
It’s hard to pick up your life and leave the country, but through the names of foods you can feel like you’re living in a sane country. Would you like some French Fries, Belgian Waffles, Italian Ice, GermanChocolate, Greek Yogurt, English Muffins, Swedish Meatballs, or Canadian Bacon? Mmm…I can taste the civil discourse from here.
Sometimes I like to watch an old movie to take my mind off of things. However, I would suggest avoiding movies like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or 12 Angry Men because they might remind you how democracy and the justice system are supposed to work, only throwing you into another fit of justified rage.
We all enjoy different styles of video games, but for this task I recommend the most violent game in your library. Maybe Assassin’s Creed or Borderlands. Something with lots of killing. And explosions aren’t half bad either. There’s actually evidence that suggests “venting” you anger actually only encourages violent behavior, but science isn’t important right now. Just shoot as many digital representations of your anger as you can.
If you just can’t calm down, it’s time to bust out the picket signs and march down to a government building. Gather as many people as you can (don’t forget to see what paperwork you need for your area) and make your voices heard. But please, don’t loot anything or light any cars on fire. That just makes us all look bad.
With the abolishment of the Voting Rights Act, voting can be yet another source of stress and anger. But it’s the one activity that people in power should fear most. Register early, keep the League of Women Voter’s on speed-dial for any fraudulent activity, and kick these fuckers to the curb.