I’ve been thinking recently about when I read Susan Faludi’s Backlash decades (OMG!! Decades!?!?!) ago and it made sense. The tl;dr version of course is the more they react and the more they kick and scream, the bigger the change underway. (For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction?)
That’s how I have to think about Reclaim, Bolt, Devine, Ackerman, Henderson, IPA et al. They keep yelling and fighting, kicking and screaming every millimetre of the way. And they will continue to do that until their last breath. Some of their children will even take over their righteous war.
I have to live in hope. Hope that they are on the wrong side of history. That eventually the majority will look at them and laugh at their conservatism, their ethnocentrism, their insularity and their dream of a world of a different time.
I have to continue to live in hope. What other option is there?