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There are so many reasons why I joined 100,000 people to March on Austin this past Saturday — if pressed to list them all I might end up with as many reasons as there were marchers.

Certainly I marched for all of the reasons outlined in the march’s mission statement. And I picked Austin over DC or Houston because right now I have a few bones to pick with the Texas Legislature, specifically. But instead of why I marched let’s talk about for whom I marched.

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops — at all

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Only one person in my life correctly predicted the result of this election: a latina second-generation American journalist who used to cover politics in DC. She would breezily end every conversation about the election with “well, Trump will win, so,” and I’d furrow my brow, knowing she must have seen the latest polls but was somehow ignoring their (apparently dubious) wisdom.

I should have realized that people of color know far more about the true nature of America than liberal whites like me. Now I do.

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What can I say? Being a feminist woman can get…interesting at times (read: depressing). So to counterbalance the never-ending realness I turn to humor and booze to get me through. Don’t we all?

Read on for how to make your own delicious batch of “Male Tears”!

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Growing up, what Thanksgiving meant to me was a fancy dinner at our dining table, which otherwise didn’t see much use. My sister and I would dress up in pretty dresses and sit like ladies in the high-backed oak dining chairs with white napkins on our laps, sipping sparkling grape juice and pretending it was champagne. Before my dad said grace, we’d go around the table and say one thing we were grateful for. 

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In case you haven’t heard, this week Houston rejected a broad anti-discrimination ordinance by an embarrassingly wide margin largely because of confusion and a smear campaign that clouded the facts.

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