Man Repeller’s Role in Trump’s America
01.30.17
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 28: A demonstrator takes a photograph during a rally against muslim immigration ban at San Francisco International Airport on January 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that suspends entry of all refugees for 120 days, indefinitely suspends the entries of all Syrian refugees, as well as barring entries from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering for 90 days. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

On Friday, Donald Trump signed a harsh executive order that would suspend America’s refugee program for at least the next four months, ban Syrian refugees from entering the country indefinitely and forbid anyone from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days. One of these countries is where my mother immigrated from. Devastating stories rose from inside national airports where the American dream was chipping away as unwitting travelers, some stepping onto this soil for the very first time, were being detained.

I was overwhelmed when I emerged from the technology detox that is the Sabbath on Saturday evening to read about the protest at JFK and the subsequent protests that followed on Sunday in D.C. and in New York’s Battery Park. I fell into at least three different social media vortexes. One was commanded by Uber and Lyft. Another articulated precisely how Trump is perpetuating a vision of America that facilitates escalating hatred and therefore the proliferation of ISIS.

My head started spinning when CNN started its comparison of Trump’s presidency to that of former presidents, and then I got to thinking: What is Man Repeller supposed to do? We are not a particularly political property. We’re not policy wonks or political reporters; we can only speak from our own experiences. But then again, the personal is political: our bodies belong to us, and when such a liberty is jeopardized, we can’t seem to shut the hell up.

Man Repeller’s intention will never be to compete with the media machines that deliver the news that provokes our anxiety. As a matter of fact, we want to do just the opposite.

Confront the anxiety by talking about it, sister to sister, if you want to engage.

Attack the anxiety by distracting each other, friend to friend, if in need of a respite.

Quell the anxiety by demonstrating that the greater sum of us are good.

The greater sum of us are good!

It doesn’t seem appropriate to resume regular programming this morning without some form of acknowledgement of what’s going on and how it’s shaken us. It’s unclear what will happen, but know that the mission of Man Repeller remains steadfast. We’re a team, a community; we’ve got each other’s backs. And we need each other to survive, that’s never been more clear, and thus it’s a damn good thing that we’re in this together.

Photo by Stephen Lam via Getty Images.

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  • Sophie

    “and forbid any Muslim people from seven countries from entering the United States” –> no, forbid any human from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S., their personal faith is of no relevance, nationality is supposed to equal religion. Which it doesn’t!
    Good that you’re acknowledging what’s happening around you, within you. So many blogs want to remain impartial, while this is no time to not have an opinion. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Kate Barnett

      Thank you Sophie! Correcting now

      • Nadine

        I think it’s also worth noting that because all people from these countries have been banned, protections for religious minority groups (like my family, who mercifully fled in the 70s/80s) and political opponents who are at risk have also been suspended.

  • Miss J

    Maple Match!!!
    🙂

  • Emily Frost

    Long time reader, first time commenter. This is exactly it. I made my monthly brow pilgrimage to Carrie Lindsey this weekend, and the amazing conversation I had with two strong, intelligent, & independent women while there made me feel the best I had all weekend — even though the subject matter makes me want to vomit. Thank you!

  • tmm16

    “But then again, the personal is political: our bodies belong to us, and when such a liberty is jeopardized, we can’t seem to shut the hell up.”

    This. Everything that is happening right now affects all of us, in some way shape or form, and for some, more than others, and it’s important to recognize that. Empathy. An emotion I feel more people need to grasp or at least try to understand and express. Just watching the Facebook LIVE videos across airports around the country, I couldn’t help but to want to be there and do something. Offer my arms and hands. I not only saw their fear, but I felt it.

    One of the many, many reasons I continue to read MR is the emphasis on conversation. In order to move forward, educate, and overcome obstacles and difficulties, we must talk to each other. Conversation is the only way to move forward. I surely plan on doing a lot of talking over the next 4 years.

    Nothing will shut me up.

  • Marcela Garcia

    I just want to say kudos on writing this. I was baffled when most fashion and beauty blogs I read (all of them by brilliant women) did not acknowledge the Women’s March or any of the recent events in the U.S. We should all participate in this debate, no matter what field we are currently in.

  • Bee

    I have been so emotional and frustrated since November, even more so in the past week. I’m simultaneously worried/terrified/disgusted by the “leaders” of this country and yet (truly for the first time in my life) proud to be American as I watch the people gather to stand up for what is right. I do believe that the people have the power to create the America that we desire, but sometimes I wonder what it’s going to take to get there. I am happy to know that communities like Man Repeller exist for the exact reason you said—“We’re a team, a community; we’ve got each other’s backs.”

  • I walked 5 miles last Saturday for the Women’s March in DC, and I’m frustrated that I feel like it didn’t even matter. The march was for so much more than women. I saw women of color and women wearing hijabs protesting for black lives and immigrant rights — because intersectionality is important. It was awe inspiring.

    But I worry we’re going to wear ourselves out. Will I spend the next four years behind a picket line because one narcissist is being bolstered by the biased, uneducated and fearful masses? How do I pace myself?

    • Lily

      Hey Aleda! My mom’s best friend sent me this article (how to stay outraged without losing your mind), I hope you find it helpful: https://medium.com/the-coffeelicious/how-to-stayoutraged-without-losing-your-mind-fc0c41aa68f3#.5yqkpoxbl

      • Carrie Asby

        That’s awesome. Please thank your mom’s best friend for sharing. And thank you!

    • Lisa-Marie Hughes

      Aleda, all the way from Scotland, it mattered. we marched here too. We’re protesting here now. Unity, over everything else, will carry us through.
      The pacing yourself bit I can’t answer. It’s not a skill I have.

    • Alison

      I would also look at sites like crunkfeministcollective and feminist wire. Black, brown, and LGBTQ folks have been protesting for a long time, and they’ve developed lots of strategies for activist self-care. Here’s some advice from Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, President of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity: http://www.facultydiversity.org/news/230091/Dear-Kerry-Ann-Radical-Self-Care.htm

      • This is great! I guess it’s something I haven’t had to think about before. I’m a little late to the “having to yell at the top of my lungs for my rights” party.

        Consider my bubble burst 😛

  • Lily

    Thank you for saying something – acknowledging what is going on is key. I actually looked at man repeller over the weekend to see if you had posted anything amidst what was going on – and was disappointed that you hadn’t addressed it. Especially as Man Repeller is made up of a group of proud, intelligent, considerate New Yorkers, it would’ve felt like “putting blinders on” if you had said nothing about the executive order and the consequent protests. Thank you, I really appreciate it.

  • Jenna

    It is a 4-month halt to figure out vetting. Four lousy months. In 2011, Obama wouldn’t allow visas to Syrians. Does anyone remember that? No, because the news buried it.

    If you like people coming into the country, without knowing anything about them – you’re not of a full common-sense deck. But basically: Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iran. With exception of Iran, NONE have functioning central governments. How can we vet fully any refugees? Look at the couple in San Bernardino. They were “vetted.” They gave a fake address overseas and we didn’t know it. You can’t trust the gov’t to protect you once someone is here. Granted one is not all but for crying out loud – can we enforce laws here?

    You’re basically protesting a president who’s trying his best to protect YOU.

    Oh, and one other thing: Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act in 2015 as part of an omnibus spending bill. So this groundwork was set up by the previous administration. Try getting the entire truth. I have a task: Check to see the number of Christian refugees into the US. Minimal at best. Sadly, they are the ones who’ve been exterminated (even children have been beheaded) from countries like Syria. Where are the protests to protect them? Crickets.

    Which leads me to this thought: Why are we told that we shouldn’t blame innocent Muslims for the actions of a few crazies; but we’re told we must blame innocent gun owners for the actions of a few crazies?

    • Leandra Medine

      I *do* remember! I also know that the strategy behind the 7 country ban is directly correlated to extensive research and investigation ordered by the white house in 2015 to discover where the majority of immigrants who could pose a threat to our liberty were coming from. Comments like these are important because while the outrage machine continues to stroke its own ego and find affirmation in opinions that are just like its own, it’s really our obligation to educate ourselves and try as best as we can to understand the impetus behind whatever many more executive orders will be put in place – so thanks for sharing. We learned on election day that the world as we see it is not necessarily a genuine reflection of the world as it is, so my only defense is to say that the purpose of this post to stick a hand out no matter what side of the coin you’re gunning for and have some compassion.

      • Jenna

        I love you Leandra. I’m on the side of safety and freedom for everyone – but I think it isn’t much to ask of our media (not meaning you) to provide sufficient information to understand these world issues that affect – everyone. You always have a mature and intelligent opinion and I always appreciate it. Best to you always.

        • Leandra Medine

          Love u 2, Jenna — and don’t find your ask outrageous in the least.

      • pdbraide

        this reply… girl you are such a level headed person. I’m probably twice your age with half of the patience. maybe a quarter.

      • Erika Galan

        YES!

      • snakehissken

        Sorry Leandra, but you’re mistaken. It wasn’t Syria, because the Arab Spring didn’t start until 2011. The Syrian situation didn’t break out into full civil war for over a year after that, and the Islamic State didn’t start showing up on people’s radar until that happened and the refugee crisis started. That was around 2013. (I think comparing assertions to the timelines you already know and considering their logic is a good way to spot things that aren’t true.)

        There was a delay in Iraqi applications in 2011, and there’s links about that in other comments.

        And if the information about this being based on Obama administration research is true – which the Obama people are now denying – then this makes even less sense. Once these nations were identified, visa applications from those nations would have been placed under extra scrutiny. So the people currently being barred have already been carefully vetted.

      • Senka

        Leandra I remember you saying your mother fled religious persecution in Iran. That matters. It’s important that she and her family, and all those like them, had the opportunity to seek better life somewhere safer, more tollerant and accepting. What is the point of closing the door to all those who would still want to do that, just because they hold Iranian or Syrian passport?That makes Trumps decision, and what is going on on the airports around US saddest. They aren’t keeping terrorists away. Just innocent people looking for better life.

    • Court E. Thompson

      I think it’s important to clarify that Obama’s ban in 2011 was on Iraqi refugees, not Syrian. Obama’s 6-month ban was in direct response to the arrest of two Iraqi immigrants who were arrested on charges of terrorism. That restriction did not affect those already holding visas or green cards. The two orders are completely different.

      Additionally, in 2011, the war with Iraq had not officially ended at that point. We are not at war with Syria or any of the other countries on the list. The huge influx of refugees from Syria is because they’ve been in a civil war for nearly six years. #facts

      • snakehissken

        It wasn’t even a ban. They just slowed down the visas for extra scrutiny. And it still caused a huge mess.

    • If you are afraid of Syrian grannies, Iranian children and Iraqi mothers, Somalian athletes, PhD students from any of these countries (I am talking about people reported about these few days but I do not remember all the details, just that there were too many of them), then you really must be very afraid.
      If you don’t think people from Saudi Arabia, Chechnya, Lebanon, Egypt, America, Germany (remember the co-pilot?) could be dangerous for you and you still cannot simply ban all of them blanket style … well.

      The Xmas attack in Berlin was made possible because the German secret services and Co. didn’t communicate well enough to prevent it – maybe it helps to have a president who can actually talk about facts with those people?

      • Senka

        I have a feeling that certain number of Americans live in a bubble, or their own reality that makes it very hard for them to perceive facts outside of it. Thankfully, majority of Europe isn’t like that. Danger of terrorism is real. But they are clearly missing a point as to where it may come from, and who it might hurt.

        • So you have this terrible deja vus as well? 🙁

    • diane

      Jenna, while I disagree with you on principles, I do respect your grasp of actual facts. However, I wonder why this “halt” (i.e., ban) did not include people from countries that Trump has financial ties with, such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt. Also, you seem to imply that all refugees are potential terrorists, yet most acts of terror in the United States have been perpetrated by angry, uneducated white men. Leandra, please continue to encourage such conversations. Most of us would be disappointed if you didn’t!

      • pdbraide

        these facts are incorrect. they are alt facts. but in the spirit of love …

        • diane

          Seems slightly condescending of you to accuse me of speaking alt facts without citing specifics, yet then purport to do so in “the spirit of love.”

          • Lyric

            She means Jenna’s facts I believe, which are incorrect.

    • dietcokehead

      Well, for starters, if you read the news and are of a full common-sense deck, you know that the San Bernardino shooters did not come from those seven countries.

      • pdbraide

        BLOOP!

    • Mary

      In 2011, Obama wouldn’t allow visas to Syrians. Does anyone remember that? No, because the news buried it…Try getting the entire truth…
      Washington Post has a story about Trump’s facile claim that his refugee policy is similar to Obama’s in 2011 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/29/trumps-facile-claim-that-his-refugee-policy-is-similar-to-obama-in-2011/?utm_term=.7611b58a1f5e

      Am I missing something?

      I agree with Leandra’s comment, but feel that ‘truth’ is a highly subjective interpretation, and it takes some heavy lifting to educate oneself these days.

    • Yasmin

      Hey, I understand where you’re coming from but I’d just to lightly correct some of your information.

      The San Bernardino terrorists were not refugees. The husband was born in Chicago and lived his whole life in the US whereas the wife was born in Pakistan and came to the US via her marriage visa. Similarly, the Orlando shooter was born in NY. Thus, none were “vetted” as you claim, except for one all were US citizens. Moreover, the number of Christian refugees in the US is not “minimal”, it is actually almost equal. If you check Pew Research the US admitted 38,901 Muslim refugees and 37,521 Christian refugees in 2016. Perhaps when you said minimal you meant specifically Syrian refugees where 99% admitted were Muslim. However, I have to say, this is not surprising given the fact that Syria’s population is almost 95% Muslim. Lastly, when you say Christians are the “ones being exterminated” I would advise you to check the National Counter-Terrorism Center which states that Muslims suffered between 82 to 97% of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years.

      Given this information, I’m not exactly sure how you feel any safer by banning refugees, green card holders, international students, and dual citizens of Muslim countries. With all due respect I don’t think Trump is trying to protect you but just trying to make you feel protected by banning innocent Muslims from the country.

      You are right. We should not be blaming the actions of a few crazies to law-abiding gun-owners or innocent Muslims. However, aren’t you doing exactly that by defending this awful ban which sees all Muslims coming from these countries as de facto dangerous or as Trump so eloquently put it “bad dudes”?

    • Senka

      Plight of Christian people in Syria or Iraq is real, and horrible. They are getting killed on the daily basis, but ask your self how did it come to that? Why is there a war in Syria. A country that used to have a functioning, secular government. And why is US fighting against that very government, which for all it’s flaws, wasn’t known for religious persecution and hatred of anyone, but not against those who actually kill in the name of religion? And not just Christian, but also Yezide (not Christian nor Muslim), Mandaeans, different Shia populations fleeing the same war? What about them? Or is Christianity a norm, and all else anomaly? Also why are not Saudis on the list? many of the actual terrorist were Saudi, yet the country is not on the list. Not a single one was Iranian, yet Iran is on the list? Where is the logic in that?

    • he’s not trying to protect you. you know he didn’t even ban the countries where terrorists *have* come from to the US? It was just a big fat giant facade that single-handedly managed to hurt thousands of innocent people.

      He’s trying to pretend that he’s keeping all his campaign promises as he’s already planning to run in 2020, and meanwhile plotting some even more horrible actions–yes, even ones that hurt YOU– while we’re caught up with this one.

  • Claudia Tetreault-Percy

    THANK. YOU.

  • Clara

    It’s super hard to watch what is happening from the outside (Germany). I can’t imagine what it’s like to go through it as a US citizen. It seems so hateful and insane. My biggest fear right now is that Trump’s politics will be a complete success and in 2-4 years politicians will point to him to justify their hateful and racist ideas. At the same time I can’t wish 4 horrible years on anyone.

    • Yep. What is especially terrifying to watch: an autocratic regime coming into being, brimming with fascist elements (black and white/friend or foe schemes…) that are difficult to accept, when they remind you of all the shit we’ve seen in the Europe and other places – knowing it will all end up in shit this time, too, because it always has.

      • Clara

        But if it “goes well” (e.g. for the economy, at least short-time) this time? This thought really terrifies me.

        • Well, right now, Germany is doing really well as far as economy is concerned. I think the problem is we don’t actually realize how much better we are doing than many other countries and by that I don’t mean only the riches to be had, but also such normal things as available health care, abortions, sexual education, other elements of the social security, free speach … Maybe these things will be talked about much more in the times to come and maybe such awareness could help prevent the majority of people from sliding into the realm of the irrational, of the stupid polarisations, the shitty erotics of seeing foes everywhere and crying for your country to fight for you … and stuff. I don’t know.
          There is a town in Slovenia Hitler said should be made German again – sometimes I think too many people want to “Make Life Simple Again” (by force) nowadays … I remember stories about people in the former East Germany being denounced because they were “thinking too much and not praising their regime happily enough” … it makes me sick. Among other things. But I do think Germany could resist this time. I hope.

    • I don’t think he’s going to change he hasn’t for the past 18 months…for the past 50 years…he’s like a horrible abusive boyfriend and America keeps waiting… “don’t worry, he didn’t mean it like that…”

      When someone shows you who they are, believe them!!!

      Help us get away from this horrible man.

  • Julie Meowmeows

    Keep repelling, bb!!

  • Meg S

    This is what has made Man Repeller such a safe haven

  • Politics have always affect our daily lives whether previously realised this or not. Stories and feelings should be shared and supporting each other is more important than ever. I am currently reading Gloria Steinem’s book My Life on The Road which highlights the power of people coming together to discuss issues that affect their daily lives, and how meaningful change can come from grassroots action. Thank you MR for speaking out about this political madness.

  • KK

    I read a heartening article that emphasized keeping your sanity and staying strong by making personal connections, now more than ever. Shop local. Reach out and show support to those you know who are LGBT, immigrants, marginalized, etc. Be a positive, welcoming light to those around you. I’m a very dim light at this point but…goals. One day at a time, friends <3

  • frannypaul

    Pod Save America.
    I think this is the best podcast for today.

  • Yasmin

    I’ve been reading Man Repeller for years. Also, I happen to be Muslim. For the first time I feel deeply uneasy about a part of my identity that I never thought was that important. Thank you for acknowledging the anxiety, the fear and more importantly the supportive community we have here. It means a lot.

  • frannypaul

    Also, this is a link to sign up for an email weekly action list for opposing what we need to oppose. It’s good. And first on this week: don’t get exhausted, discouraged, burnt out. We need us for the coming struggle.

    http://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/

  • Please never be silent on issues like this! I think it’s pretty important for platforms such as this, especially one mainly aimed at and written by women, to use their platform to do good, spread messages.

    And not everyone gets news from actual news sources, I don’t anymore because I don’t trust them. It sounds weird now that I’m writing it down, but I get most news from twitter! From real people without any shitty racist bias that news outlets usually display. Thank you <3

    Amber Love Blog

    • pwq2

      Amber-
      Totally understand your frustration with mainstream media (I’m assuming “actual news sources” means places like NYT, WSJ, Slate, WaPo), but I have to push back on the idea that the solution is to only get news via twitter. No news outlet is perfect, but reputable ones do attempt to engage in fact checking etc. There are soooooo many lies out there on twitter. Also, 140 characters just isn’t enough for the kind of deep thought we need about everything that’s going on! Take time for longer, deeper pieces, I promise its worth it. Not at all trying to lecture you, I think everyone is struggling with how to balance consuming potentially upsetting news with mental health and happiness.
      – P

      • You’ve assumed an awful lot from my small comment! Thanks for the lecture though 😉

    • diane

      Amber, I don’t presume to know anything about you, but please don’t give up on a free press, whatever the platform. The Washington Post (and NY Times) took down one president (Nixon), and it can happen again!

  • As so many have said, thank you for acknowledging your platform and using it to fight back against fear and isolation. We need to be informed and to act, but part of that is taking care of ourselves and each other. Thank you for being a part of that. <3

  • Abbey Leroux

    Perfect. Thank you! ✌️😘

  • Georgina Marioni

    I don’t even live in the US and still am apalled by everything going on right now. We live in this world and, even if each has their own area of influence or specialty, we can’t possibly ignore current events. So thank you for penning this, it makes Man Repeller even greater than I already thought it was. I am afaid of even admitting to myself that America USED to be the beacon for institutions and democracy. The wrong person for the job was elected and he is proving everybody what the majority already knew about him. It is baffling that he is proving them right in under 2 weeks in office. So please, stay strong, keep talking, don’t shut up, stay here.

  • Carrie Asby

    There is a reason why I come to this blog and engage with its community: this full of intelligent and harmonious thoughts from grounded people. This article is a prime example. Thank you, Leandra, for writing this. And thanks to all the people who post. You restore my faith in humans.

  • Lisa-Marie Hughes

    I think we are past the point where we have our niche. I was a lifestyle blogger. I’m also a (Scottish) political activist. There comes a point where something so badly encroaches on our fundamental values and inhibits people’s liberty that the politics of it bleed into everything. And here we are. I’ll be with you on the journey.

  • Ddesigner

    The problem is even bigger than the terrible things that have happened recently. Our efforts need to be toward supporting journalists, attorneys, and covert operations to make Trump’s real motivations public and then make him impeachable, possibly even arrested including his appointed gang of thugs. The rest of us citizens are powerless to make that happen. Unless you are undercover posing as a fashion blogger

  • Shea

    I think that this is exactly what we all needed to hear. Big love for you, the MR team, and this community.

  • MLR

    Thank you for not polarizing the topic in any way in this article, the polarization of this issue from both sides is becoming predominant and it’s nice to know that manrepeller as a predominantly fashion centered entity is not publishing strong biased opinions. 😊 I love manrepeller for the fashion, not the political opinions

  • Antoinette

    So proud of you for speaking up Leandra! I truly appreciate it. I’ve seen other bloggers speaking up and people urging them to stick with fashion, which is so awful. The personal is indeed political, and when policies arise that are in direct contradiction with our values, we must place our principles above everything else and say something. When we stay silent for fear of creating waves, ruffling feathers and troubling the delicate balance of our social circles, family ties and friendships, things get out of hand before we know it. If we have the platform to reach many and inspire them, say something. How devastating would it be to read about this in forty years, knowing that you (the muted folks) watched as something dreadful was happening and stayed silent?

  • Rhonda Belcher

    While I can understand the compassion towards foreigners in horrible situations, I don’t understand why so many young women want to put their fellow citizens in a horrible situation to “fix” the problem. The 50% of Americans who actually PAY income taxes are going broke subsidizing our country as the soup kitchen of the world. Meanwhile, our roads, educational system, VA hospitals, etc. are all circling the drain. Why is it so horrible to take care of ourselves for a change? Do we really owe the rest of the world everything we have to the point of bankrupting ourselves or putting our citizens in danger? I don’t think we’d want our rape statistics to look like Germany’s does – a direct result of their “warm welcome” to refugees. Have you ever heard a Veteran crying because he’s in pain and he spent the day waiting 7 hours at the VA for substandard treatment? I have… and I’m more worried about him than I am those foreigners who want to come here and enjoy the freedoms and privileges that Veteran got blown away defending. All due respect, but let’s take care of our OWN first.

    • snakehissken

      You seem confused. This past weekend, my government told the entire world that it would not honor legal documents that it had issued, even ones granted after years of paperwork that includes background checks and fingerprinting. You think that’s them taking care of us? There’s dark parts of my brain that don’t want to invest in government bonds anymore because there might be an executive order invalidating them.

      My parents are green card holders, which means they are permanent residents who can live in this country as long as they want with all the same rights as US citizens except the ability to vote. They pay income taxes, and have for the twelve years that they’ve lived in this country – including the years before they were granted green cards when they were just on work visas. And we’re from New Jersey, so they also pay the heaviest property taxes in the country without complaint.

      The problems at the VA have nothing to do with tourists who comes and spend money in our nation’s businesses, working immigrants who pay their taxes, or the admission of refugees who are given a small amount of money for settlement and then get jobs and pay taxes because they are on their own. It especially has nothing to do with the Iraqi translator who was detained in JFK, a man who helped American soldiers for ten years at great risk.

      We benefit from the presence of immigrants every single day – did you notice the story about the parents of the Florida oncologist who were detained? The doctor working in an underserved area, the heart disease researcher and the tuberculosis researcher who were barred from entry? Or the above-mentioned translator?

      Lastly, your assertions about German rape statistics are not true. Please try reading this article and following the links: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/04/refugees-crime-rumors/480171/

    • rachel

      If we’re going to break this down financially, lets remember that most immigrants with work visas pay taxes, as do all green card holders (as was mentioned below). Even those that are here on short term visas, while not paying income tax, are contributing to our economy with their tourist dollars. While I absolutely think we should be taking care of our veterans and our infrastructure, this is not an either or decision and to frame it as one is at best misleading and at worst racist. We are all entitled to our viewpoints, and I respect you for voicing an opinion you knew would be very different from most of those on this website, but ignoring facts is not helping the conversation.

    • Maybe you should ask yourself whether it is your system that does not work? Maybe your country’s rich enough to provide for its citizens and for refugees, but the people distributing it all “know nothing” (aka have other agendas)?
      Also always a good question: is it somehow (y)our fault that people have to leave this particular country?
      Anyway, there is no rape epidemy in Germany and the most dangerous aliens here are robbers passing through and young men, whose parents immigrated from North Africa when it was easy to do so and they were needed as workers.

    • I’m thankful to hear opinions like this even though I don’t agree. Living in New York, even lost in an echo chamber of liberal friends, it’s hard for me understand why in the WORLD someone would agree with xyz…but in order to heal we must have a dialogue.

  • Maya Cantrell

    I actually just applied for a job with you guys and I’m so happy to read this post and the one about small ways to protest daily. From my experience on the 2016 campaigns, there is no better way to get people involved than to tell and share compelling stories, and I hope that’s what Man Repeller continues to do. I think everyone has a place in resisting an administration that is bent on turning this country into something that is wholly un-American, and I’m glad to see MR will play a role in that in it’s own way.

    Perhaps it is uncouth, but I hope you take a look at my email, ya girl happens to know a thing or two about organizing 😏.

  • rachel

    Presentation and fashion are always political, so I don’t think there’s anything wrong with bringing political elements into MR. Then again, I am writing my senior thesis on how fashion and politics intersect with gender norms so I may be a little bit biased 🙂

    • Ché Hot Chocolate

      That sounds like a great thesis. Good luck with it.

  • annie holland
    • annie holland

      This is an email sent out by the president of my university this morning. It literally makes me so nausea and heart sick for the people who live peacefully within the United states, those who hope to gain citizenship, or those receiving higher education. This is the real life ramifications of Donald Trump. This is first hand. Sister to sister, Brother to brother, person to person we have to hold on to our strength to over come. Peace and progress. Stay strong. We have to keep fighting.

  • Ashley Minyard

    Love you guys. Whenever I feel especially anxious, I hop over to the ManRepeller page to read a little sanity (and sometimes the good kind of insanity). You curate a community of strong positive women, and for that I am grateful.

  • MC

    As a Mexican, I feel deeply touched by this story. However -and even if my heart warms reading all these incredible women being supportive of us, “the others”- I also feel deeply saddened by how many, I assume intelligent women, feel the need to categorize an entire nation, race or religion as one and the same. I assume most of them would feel hurt if, from now on, whenever they visited another country, people assumed they were bigots and racists. Well, the rest of the world, especially those of us who are under the raging eye of your new president, feel just that. An uncertainty that we’ve never felt before. A hatred at whatever might be different of *your* status quo (read: white, Christian people). A deep surprise and fear, also, because we never really assumed the world to be such a hateful place. We feel hope when we see movements like the one that happened this weekend, but still, the sadness and the wound -also, the new found anger and sometimes more- that this president and his actions have created, will take a long time to heal, if it ever does. Did you know just last week an 8 year old Mexican girl was denied the entrance into San Diego to see her sister, a student there, because Custom Agents found her Facebook “dangerous”? So I deeply urge you, all of you willing to categorize all of us, to assume you know who we, the different, are, what we think and what we want of you, to think twice before you forget your empathy, your humanity. Not only because of the enormity of the crisis ahead (for your country as well, don’t be fooled) in all aspects that might matter to you (security, economics, diplomacy), but because it’s the humane thing to do. People shouldn’t matter more or less because of their skin color or their religion: doesn’t that ring familiarly dangerous to you? Do we forget that fast?

  • Keep talking. People want to hear it.

    There are times we seek comfort in high waisted jeans, sheet masks, kitten memes, relationship advice. Now, it’s time for the political. It’s across the board. If Teen Vogue, People.com, celebrities are non-stop talking about it, if it’s no longer relegated to a once-in-for-years-feel-smart-for-reading-this special interest piece, you know something’s in the air (oh right, the threat of a crumbling democracy)

  • rfrannie

    Also, let’s not forget the power of man-repelling in the era of “dress like a woman” Trump!

  • I LOVE this post! This is why I love Man Repeller so much – you’re fun and light-hearted but you also have a conscience. And it is so refreshing to hear some commentary about such important issues that aren’t tainted with fear. We all appreciate this

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