Political Party: Celebrate Good (Election) Times, Come on!

It was nail-bitingly close there for a while there last night, but the results are in: Obama will wear that POTUS hat for four more years, at least 19 women will serve in the Senate, three more states voted for same-sex marriage (or as it’s sometimes known, “marriage”), and two states legalized it. Yahtzee!

gif of Obama dancing in Single Ladies leotard
Put your hands up!

That hangover you’re nursing right now was worth it: Feminists have a lot to celebrate! Not only did women crush it last night (hey New Hampshire ladies!) but rape apologists/deniers/ignorers got their asses handed to them. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, guys!

gif of the US map wearing sunglasses and saying deal with it
Rape exists. DEAL WITH IT.

As is the case with any victory (or New Year’s party) worth celebrating, I’ve spent the majority of today reliving last night’s awesomeness. Join me! Some ways we can do this include:

couple hugging after their engagement
Congratulations you two!

Of course, the US is far from perfect and last night’s election results can’t fix all of our problems (see: the racist response to Obama’s victory last night, for starters). We’ve got work to do, sure, but we have reason to be optimistic. For the first time in recent memory, it feels like the tide is turning. The War on Women was unsuccessful because the majority of US citizens don’t want to tell women what to do with their bodies.The sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism that have been the political norm in this country lost big because–maybe, hopefully–they aren’t the norm anymore. As President Obama put it last night :

What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth…. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight.

For the first time in a long time, it feels like he might be onto something.

by Kelsey Wallace
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Kelsey Wallace is an editor in Portland, Oregon. Follow her on Twitter if you like TV and pictures of dogs.

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4 Comments Have Been Posted

So happy! Congratulations

So happy! Congratulations from Australia.

(I love that dancing Obama gif!)

Slut-Shaming in California

In the midst of the partying, please let's not forget that California's horrid Proposition 35 passed. It makes it so that sex workers caught by police can be put on sex offender registries.

This is going to drive sex work further underground and make it more dangerous/less accountable. And the idea of trans* women being put on male sexual offender registries is squicky as all hell.

This + the repeal of affirmative action in Oklahoma + Montana's "parental notification with regards to abortion" law made for a bittersweet night //_x

And ...

Steve King in Iowa, and Michele Bachman in Minnesota have another term as congresspeople, continuing to spread dangerous lies about reproduction at-will.

Obama seems that you love

Obama seems that you love your wife very much, well that is kind of very cute!!

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