Batten down the hatches! Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, the third presidential debate will be airing, and we’re already looking up deep breathing exercises and homeopathic anxiety remedies we can put together in the next couple of hours. But one of our favorite debate coping mechanisms is scrolling through Twitter to offset our existential dread and fear of a fiery, terrible future.
It not only gives us something to do with our fingers (other than apply for a passport to literally any other country, of course), but also is full of people far wiser than we are having many of the same feelings! It’s comforting! And horrifying! Much like the democratic process!
In order to prepare you for the debate, we’ve compiled a list of our top fifteen feminist authors (who often tweet about politics). You should follow them on Twitter RIGHT NOW to make sure your in-debate entertainment is calibrated to the perfect balance of hilarious and on-point commentary.
We’re gonna make it through this election, ladies. Stay strong.
1. Jennifer Weiner
Writer, producer, former journalist. Witty AF.
"Mr. President. Sorry to disturb you, but there's been an incident. Another former beauty queen has gained weight." https://t.co/iMdqpbIuRb— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) September 30, 2016
2. Roxane Gay
Feminist writer, professor, editor, and commentator. Going to change your life.
The audacity of telling a woman who has been Secretary of State that she should smile more. She isn't running to be your mommy.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 29, 2016
3. Jessica Valenti
Writer and feminist blogger. Founder of Feministing, heyyyy.
Instead of a block option on Twitter, let's have a "notify his mom" button— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) October 18, 2015
4. J.K. Rowling
She who need not be named.
The men rushing to tell us all that they talk about women exactly the way @realDonaldTrump did in his tape seem to think they're helping.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 9, 2016
5. Danielle Henderson
TV writer and creator of Feminist Ryan Gosling, and thereby our hero forever.
Every time Trump talks I learn so much about myself. I didn't know I lived in the inner-city, where all black people live!— Danielle Henderson (@knottyyarn) October 10, 2016
6. Kelly Oxford
Author, screenwriter, social media maven. Canadian, so hopefully says “sorry” in that way that makes us smile.
Maybe it's because I'm Canadian, but Trump's logic "Don't vote for her, her husband hurts women! Vote for me, I hurt women!" Is confusing.— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 10, 2016
7. Rebecca Traister
Author and editor of Elle Magazine.
"Why don't you trust women?" kind of sums up so much of 2016.— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) October 5, 2016
8. Selena Coppock
Standup comedian, storyteller, editor, feminist, and author.
I'm glad to have these elderly, white men deciding what I can do w/ my body. Sometimes I get the vapors & can't think straight! #GOPdebate— Selena Coppock (@SelenaCoppock) August 7, 2015
9. Jessi Klein
Comedy writer and stand-up comedian. You’ll LOL.
Annnnnnnnnd there ya go. In answer to not having paid any taxes he says "that makes me smart." No. it makes you an unpatriotic cheat.— Jessi Klein (@jessirklein) September 27, 2016
10. Jennifer Senior
Author and book critic for the NYT. Def can use a little more criticism this election.
At some moment, while we were all still asleep, female weight gain became a plank in the GOP platform. https://t.co/BydSOqMhwe— Jennifer Senior (@JenSeniorNY) September 29, 2016
11. Jessica Williams
She’s either already your fav or shortly hereafter will be.
If you support universal human rights - and our govt does, as signatory to UDHR - that includes human rights of people who you DON'T LIKE.— Jessica Williams (@mizjwilliams) November 10, 2015
12. Shonda Rhimes
As if we need to explain the queen of TV.
Men, stop with "we have wives, daughters" as reason not to condone his actions. You don't condone his acts becuz you know right from wrong.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 8, 2016
13. Susan Orlean
Writer, feminist, badass.
I'm donating to #PlannedParenthood today to show support. Please join me. It's important always but today especially.— Susan Orlean (@susanorlean) November 27, 2015
14. Amy Tan
One of those writers so talented that it makes you want to give up on words forever. Also, hilarious.
Voted for Hillary Clinton and slam-dunked my absentee ballot in the mailbox.— Amy Tan (@AmyTan) October 17, 2016
15. Irin Carmon
MSNBC and NBC national reporter. Loves RBG more than you.
A win for the abortion clinics as Clinton and Warren take the stage together for the first time is quite the moment for feminism.— Irin Carmon (@irin) June 27, 2016
We’ll just be over here, using our Twitter feed as a form of comfort.
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