I was doing magic recently that involved imagining the future we want to see as the first step of working to make that future real. I’m going to try continuing that as a way of commenting on some recent political examples.
I’m imagining a future where when a high-powered business executive is elected to office, he has lots of women in mind to appoint and hire, including ones he’s known in his previous career.
I’m imagining a future where employers support families by giving everyone (not just women) the flexibility they need to balance work and home.
I’m imagining a future where when a politician is asked about paying women less than men for the same work, she indignantly replies that that’s illegal – and she’s right – and violators are reported – and the reports are investigated – and wrongdoers are punished – and eventually everyone agrees that it’s outrageously unfair for women to earn less than men.
I’m imagining a future where when a parent gives a child advice about relationships and sex, he says: “If you ever have doubts about whether your partner is enjoying what you’re doing, or whether they’re going to regret it in the morning, or anything, you stop right then and there.”
I’m imagining a future where sex is treated as a natural thing for people to do, and young people are educated about it, and have the resources to do it safely. I’m imagining a future where no one is shamed about having sex.
I’m imagining a future where when someone says they were raped, we believe them.
I’m imagining these futures. I want to work towards them. What I can’t imagine is how electing the people who are perpetuating the current problems is a first step towards making things better.