Hey! Let's All Give Ourselves 12 Seconds To Not Think About Sexual Assault Today.
How are you doing today? Are you drinking enough water? Have you gotten enough sleep? Are you able to step away from your computer or television screen, or at least look at something on your computer or television screen that is not Brett Kavanaugh related? Good! Do that! At least for a little bit.
This has been a really, really, really hard week for a lot of people out there. We are tired. We have been walking around with a ragey sob throughout our whole bodies. We hurt, emotionally and maybe even physically. I woke up yesterday in knots and I'm sure a lot of you did, too. Barely anyone I know got any sleep at all on Thursday night. This week was yet another brutal lesson in how few fucks a lot of people out there give about what happens to women, especially when giving a fuck about such things interferes with the "future" of some rich white dude.
Many of us also haunting fear that if we stop paying attention for one second, stop feeling outraged for one second, that we are going to feel complicit somehow. But we all need to remember that it is OK -- and even necessary, especially for survivors of sexual violence -- to just take a break from this shit. Maybe make something, bake something, go for a walk, go do some yoga, go schlep around Marshall's and stare at candles blankly for an hour, pet your animals, go see some people who make you feel good, play some music, get into some bizarre kind of internet hole, or just take a Xanex and then sit around doing your nails and binge watching Parks and Recreation, which is exactly what I am going to do when I am done here. Give yourself a goddamned break. Breathe.
Here are some goats in pajamas! That's nice, isn't it?
Just do something that makes you feel good or relaxed today. That way, when you come back to fight, you won't be running on fumes.
And on that note, this is now your open thread! Have as nice of a day as you are able to have, and then come back swinging. Oh, and tip us if you are able!
Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse