We're Having a Flash Lash and Putting Our Business To Work
Jenny and I have always considered ourselves to be pretty tough ladies. I mean, just look at this cool photo we're in. The poses we're pulling indicate how "no-nonsense" we are, and our stern faces clearly show we "mean business." So why is it that after last Tuesday's election results we spent all week crying into our stitched inspirational pillows and holding onto our cats for dear life? Personally, I hadn't felt this lost or confused since Webster's changed the definition of literally to include figuratively! After such an emotional setback we had to wonder, was it possible we weren't as resilient as we thought we were?
Well, anything's possible, but just to be fair, Jenny and I decided that before we told ourselves to "stop whining and get a job already", we'd take another quick look at what had gotten us into such a tizzy to begin with. Of course, there are any number of reasons that different groups of people have for being terrified in the wake of this new world, but seeing as we're a couple of broads here, I'm going to touch on what's felt terrible to us in particular.
It's not that a man like Donald Trump exists. Women have had to deal with disgusting, disrespectful, ignorant, Lothario types on a somewhat regular basis throughout all of human history. We can mostly handle that. What we can't handle is that half of the country voted for someone who is so open and proud of it. Last week, not a few people, but HALF OF THE COUNTRY said they were ok with a president who regularly rates women on a scale of 1-10, told a reporter she wouldn't have her job were she not attractive, told a presidential candidate she shouldn't be elected because she wasn't attractive enough, scoffed at the idea that he might sexually assault a woman who wasn't good looking, asserted that if he comes home from work and his dinner isn't ready, he goes through the roof, sexually objectified both of his daughters (one when she was an infant), bragged about barging in on 16-year-old beauty contestants while they were half naked, told an Apprentice contestant she'd look good on her knees, mentioned women of a certain weight should only dress a certain way, said a debate moderator asked him tough questions because she was on her period, suggested women should be punished for having abortions and last but not least, the whole "pussy incident" -- which we're not even sure if we're more upset about because of the actual action of it or because now we have to hear that word ten times a day and we're people who work with them for a living and so that's when we were like "Oh yeah! THIS IS WHY WE'RE UPSET!"
I mean sweet Jesus America, why didn't you just outlaw naps and cancel Sundays while you were at it?
It was official. Jenny and I were crushed and perhaps a little bashful about it to boot. On November 9th, rather than forge ahead in the face of adversity, the Flash Lab staff would have been perfectly happy to find a quiet hole to curl up in for the next four years. However, there were legs to be lasered and fat to be zapped, so like everyone else who had a job to do after Election Day, we went in and did ours. And then a funny thing happened...
Our business went to work for us.
Jenny and I noticed that the more time we spent at the office, the better we felt and it all had to do with our clients. One woman after another came in with that unfortunately familiar look on her face. Turns out we weren't the only ones with such deep levels of anger and despair. Yet, these women were not only telling us how they felt but what they planned to do about it. They spoke about the actions they were taking and the resolve they were committed to and that's when Jenny said, "We need to do something too. We should be part of this backlash...we need to have a FlashLash!" If only Susan B. Anthony and Katy Perry could have lived to see this historic moment.
For the last 18 months (if not 30 years) our President-elect has been telling women we don't matter. Flash Lab will be making it our business to let him know that we do.
The environment is our business. Equal rights are our business. Our bodies are our business.
And in an effort to keep it that way, Flash Lab will be writing a series for this blog called FlashLash. We encourage all interested parties to participate! Our new Commander-in-Chief doesn't seem to think women have much to contribute given they don't rate above a 9.
So let him know who you are. Let him know what you do. Tell him your business.
#thisismybusiness: I'm Jenny! And I'm Kelly! And we're getting busy supporting Planned Parenthood! Love - Flash Lab Laser Suite
Yes Ma'am! To kick things off, a portion of all of Flash Lab's sales from November 8th until January 21st, when we'll be joining the Women's March on Washington, will go to an organization that desperately needs it right now: Planned Parenthood.
However there are so many groups that need your help. Whether you donate or volunteer, we promise you'll feel better about this mess if you make it your business to get involved.
And we'd love to hear about it! Let us know how you're participating in the comments section with the hashtag "thisismybusiness". We'll be following up with our progress and can't wait to see yours.
Let's Get Busy!
And PS Just for the record, I don't actually have inspirational pillows.
...Jenny does though.