I know that this would have a thin line between being fine and being a shit show, but I think it can be done. I've been really riled up politically these past few weeks, and when I've tried to talk about it with people I assumed would care only to realize they're ambivalent or don't have any idea what's going on, I've been confused, upset, and frustrated. But, I realized that in the gigantic, complicated mess that is politics, if you get yourself worked up over every issue that you could, you'd be a completely miserable person, and probably in an institution of some sort or the other. Even I have to scroll past articles sometimes because I need to give myself a break. I always think it's revealing and interesting to see where people end up throwing their support. Focus: What's your cause of choice? Why? What do you do, if anything, to support it? Avoid standing on your soap box for too long when answering the "why" question. For me, it's women's rights. And since that in itself is a gigantic umbrella term, I've narrowed it down to women's health. And since THAT'S also a big area, I've narrowed it down even more to reproductive rights (why I've been so angry lately) and sexual assault and harassment protection. I'm not really sure how this wound up being my area of political expertise, because I've been passionate about it way before I had any experience with the second half, and the first half has never affected me personally. But I remember exactly when it started, which was in my high school environmental studies class, where I had this amazing, inspiring teacher and I learned about how so many solutions to so many problems began with improving women's rights, and giving them more access to education, birth control, and financial independence. Then I came out of the feminist closet in freshman year of college, when I learned about third wave/sex positive/post feminist ideas and realized there was a place for me in there after all. Anyway. The main way I support it, besides just paying attention, has been writing about it. And now working for Planned Parenthood, of course. I've also done the whole rallying/protesting/writing to Congresspeople etc type things if there's something that I feel would be at all effective rather than doing it for my own sake. I can't devote too much energy to it, though. because I get too angry about having to fight so hard for something that seems so basic to me. I'm also working on a better way to teach students about sexual assault and harassment, since the methods people have been using for too long are out of date, unrealistic, focuses way too much on fear tactics, and in general is dangerous to both men and women.