Handmaids Against Roy Moore

Handmaids Against Roy Moore

A world without women’s rights is one that should remain in novels.

The allegations against Roy Moore are as numerous as they are denied, and with a presidential endorsement for his Senate run, it’s easy to assume that the accusers have gone unheard. On December 5th, dozens of women rallied in Fairhope, Alabama as a reminder that they have not. As a physical and certainly distinct marker of their protest, they dressed as handmaids, alluding to the characters in Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The statement inherent in this choice is one worth receiving.

The theme derived from "The Handmaid’s Tale" isn’t a new one, as it recognizes a world wherein women are mistreated at the witness of the law. In June, it appeared in numerous states when activists demonstrated against gender discrimination and infringement of reproductive rights. A movement in Ireland mirrored the image in September when hosting a pro-choice campaign. The dystopian novel centers around a futuristic United States called the Republic of Gilead. Run by a totalitarian government, it sees the complete degradation of the female identity. Women are made servants to male masters, denied even the names they were born with and forced to take on those of these masters. Their rights are minimal, if existent at all. To don the traditional red robes and white bonnets of the handmaids make for a powerful statement; absolute ignorance of the allegations equates to ignorance of the accusers’ identities.

At the protest, one demonstrator carried a sign reading “We want a senator, not a predator,” while others wore black tape over their mouths printed with the names of accusers. Echoes and signs of “No Moore” have become popularized. Protest organizer Michele Harmon was emphatic in her resistance, stating, “What I am is a girl born and raised in South Alabama and I’ve had enough!” She claims, “If Roy Moore wins the upcoming Senate election in Alabama, sexual predators will feel supported, powerful and emboldened to exploit and attack more women and children.” Harmon argues that there isn’t anything political about standing up for what’s right.

Protesters see a Moore Senate win as a marker of the repeated victimization that women who have come forward will face, and as a dismissal of their claims. Spokesperson Mette McCall provides, “Since the dawn of time people in power have used their positions to control and manipulate their victims sexually. They achieve this by threatening them with repercussions or the thought of not being believed.” Moore’s uninhibited success thus far certainly serves as a reminder of the aid that power has in permitting perpetrators of sexual assault to act without fear.

These women dressed as handmaids are a symbol, both of resistance and necessary change. So long as claims of assault go denied, particularly by people in positions of power, we face the threat of a world not so different from that of Gilead.

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He Changed Everything.

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Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was a big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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