I had always thought it would be exciting to live in a swing state, to have the whole country look to your state on the night of the election. I thought it would thrilling to know that your vote, every vote, matters in this race. But what I learned in this election is that it isn’t fun to be from a swing state. It’s actually the most terrifying thing in the world.
I grew up in Michigan, a state that in my memory has always voted blue. I thought I knew my state. I thought that there was no way a Republican candidate could win our 16 electoral votes. I laughed at anyone who predicted that Michigan would be a state to watch on election night. But as I write this, President-elect Donald Trump has just been declared the winner of our state. A whole 20 days after election night, the votes have finally been counted.
I view my state differently now. I question who I know that might have voted for Donald Trump. I wonder what drew so many people, people who had similar experiences to me, to this candidate. My whole life, I’ve always seen Republican states as a faraway places; but now I am living in one. It’s a fact I couldn’t believe on election night. As the numbers came in, I kept telling myself, “They haven’t counted Wayne county, Washtenaw county is only 30% in, and Oakland county is always late.” Michigan wasn’t officially declared on November 8th, so I was able to convince myself that Trump didn’t win my home state. But he did. On November 28th, Donald Trump was declared the winner of Michigan with a 10,704 vote margin.
Now I know my wishes for being in a swing state were misguided. There is nothing exciting about living in uncertainty. There is no glamour in not knowing what your next-door neighbor is truly thinking. I would gladly give up any excitement of being in a swing state to get my boring true-blue state back.
Feminism has been on my brain like a catchy refrain. As an increasingly self-aware woman, it’s a concept that has become very important to me lately. I try to read as much as possible to become a better role model and feminist.
So I know all about the Bechdel Test–a simple, three question test to determine whether a film is woman-friendly. If you are unfamiliar, the Bechdel requirements that determine fem-friendliness are:
1. There must be two women,
2. Who talk to each other,
3. About something besides a man.
And I know that when a movie fails the Bechdel Test, it’s not a movie that realistically portrays women, and therefore I should try not to support such a movie. Right?
I want to say yes. As a “good feminist” I want to agree with that statement…
During our trip to the festival we encountered incredible hospitality from the people of Reykjavík, IcelandAir, the staff at the Iceland Airwaves festival, and Laugarvatn Fontana. Without the help and generosity of all those involved, the trip and documentary would never have come together.
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