If we do not get anything else from the mid-2018 times, my fervent wish for the people of America is that we will never again see the gruesome phrase "pink wave". need to use.
What at best sounded like something from a Tampax Pearl commercial, and at worst it flowed smoothly and fleetingly, as if the encouraging increase in the number of female candidates could be easily wiped out by, I do not know, a testosterone typhoon.
"Pink wave" came from a well-intended place. And if you see the election yields on a network like CNN, you saw it in action: after every poll closed, images of winners flashed on the screen and photo after photo revealed victorious women. In all, there will be at least 112 women in Congress in the next parliamentary term, a record high. Maine and South Dakota elected her first female governors; Tennesee is the first female senator, Connecticut is the first black female member of Congress and Texas is the first Latina representative.
"Can a congresswoman wear her hair in plaits, rock a black leather jacket?" Asked Ayanna Pressley, the first black woman to be elected from Massachusetts on Tuesday at a party waiting in Boston. "When it comes to women-of-color candidates, people do not just talk about a glass ceiling, what they describe is a concrete one, but do you know what breaks through concrete?"
Eh, pink waves? Pressley's answer: "Seismic shifts."
Ilhan Omar, elected to Tuesday as the first Muslim woman in Congress, began her acceptance speech in Minnesota with the Islamic salute, "As-salaam alaikum." She told her supporters that she was ahead of them "with many firsts behind my name" The first hijab-bearing woman, she noted, and "the first refugee ever chosen for the convention."
If you are someone who believes in the American dream, it is impossible to follow a speech like that of Pressley or Omar and not feel emotional – about how far we have come and how long it took.
That's why I looked at it, I felt emotional and I hoped I would never feel that way again. Because Pressley and Omar in an ideal universe would not be part of a "pink wave." They would be part of a dynamic and permanent system of lakes and rivers.
I keep thinking about normality and how things become normal. How if we see a lot of something, we begin to think that it is customary. How you see someone who looks like you, whatever they do, can also seem to be something for you.
"You can not be what you do not see," explains A & # 39; Shanti Gholar. Gholar is the political director of Emerge America, an organization that trains Democratic women to stand as a candidate. She told about Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to be elected for Congress, and how Chisholm inspired other women after her. She told about Stacey Abrams, the first black woman to win this year in the guernarial primaries in Georgia. She lost the general, but will probably inspire the next generation.
When "Wonder Woman" was released last year, I heard stories about women coming in tears from the theater for the blood-curdling feminist glory of everything. I rolled my eyes, but then I went to a screening myself and blistered within 15 minutes, like many of the women around me. It was not the fighting sequences. They were the democratic sequences in the Amazon, where women leaders held authoritative, intelligent discussions about politics and strategy.
I later mentioned the scene to a male friend who had also seen the film, and he did not even remember it. Later he realized that he had taken it as an unimportant filler and used it to get a popcorn filling.
I can not wait until the day that I think that photos of newly elected women in a large office next to Wolf Blitzer on a screen are so common that they seem like an excellent time for a popcorn break.
Because the last time is about revolutions, and resistance and waves of every shadow, where the country really needs to go. The point where equal representation is not an explanation, but a yawn.
I can not wait to get bored with all those women.
Monica Hesse is a columnist and writes about gender and its impact on society. For more visit wapo.st/hesse.