I have had a couple of deaths, recently, so my online time has been limited. Hopefully, things will be settling down, in the next few days.
I want to know how everyone is doing, are you getting by ok? Something annoying you? Are you tired? Aggravated? Are you happy? Things going well? Let me know.*
A few weeks ago, everywhere that I did my weekly shopping, there were signs up, saying “please pay with exact change, if you can, please, thank you”. Last week, those signs changed to say “pay with exact change or card, otherwise, fuck off”.
I am a cash person. In my experience, most poor women are cash people, we always have a little stash of cash for emergencies, for ourselves and our kids/sisters/animals, etc.
So you know what is happening? I can’t use my fucking cash. Anywhere. I have a little bit of stimulus money left that I am trying to save for an emergency in my bank account, and I am being forced to spend it. Combine that with the fact that wells Fargo, which took my decades old bank account from wachovia, has decided that my town didn’t need a physical branch when the XY CEOs wanted another yacht, and as a result, I have no bank from which to get any fucking change.
So my emergency cash is unusable. And I kind of think that this is more disaster capitalism, that males are taking the opportunity to crack down on cash usage, because cash is power, and when you take the ability to use cash, you are taking their power.
Imagine if you are trying to escape an abuser. Or get shoes for your kids. Or food. And all you have is cash. This is just an inconvenience for me, but I can see how this could be deadly for some Women and girls.
And I don’t get to go out that much, I always look forward to my bi weekly trips out. And males have managed to ruin that, too.
Please check in, let us know how you are doing.
*There are a few women that we routinely hear from that I haven’t seen for a few weeks. I know most of the regular women here, and I hesitate to put their user name into a post, I know who works in education, who has their own business, who has kids, who has pets, etc. But I don’t like to use names without permission, unless it’s in reference to a public blog post.