Humiliation Update: March Madness
For those not yet up-to-date, my New Years Resolution was all about getting in shape, and — overall — it’s been working. Maybe not in the quick burst I initially imagined, but the gains have come, nonetheless. My body is toner, I’m slowly losing weight, my workouts are more intense, and my beloved wine consumption is down dramatically. However, while in both January and February I posted photos of myself online, as per my resolution, I just don’t have it in me to post for March. When talking weather, there is an old saying, “March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb,” and I’m sincerely hoping that to be true in other respects as well.
March hit with a literal bang, as an article I’d written (posted on both Huffington Post and Bilerico Project) immediately garnered controversy. It was a piece about a planned civil rights march, which was both critical and supportive of the effort. It took a look at many of the march’s questionable elements, and suggested the group network with some of the bigger organizations for a greater chance at success.
Well, ever since, the group’s core of about six people have hounded me in the comment sections on both sites, raked me over the coals on their facebook group, and the lead organizer even went so far as to post a rant about me on his own blog. Far from being mad, though, or wanting to defend myself to the inaccuracies lobbied about, I just felt sorry for them. I have no issue with being criticized, especially if that discourse is intelligent and respectful, and when you post an article such as this, criticism is to be expected. Instead of responding directly to my queries, though, their attacks quickly veered into the personal. I understand their desire for attention (after all, their facebook group is losing members, not gaining), but jumping on someone who simply asks questions, and doing so with venom, isn’t really the best way to garner support. And neither does that tone help inspire confidence in the group’s leaders.
Still, as I’ve said countless times, I wish them well. If they spend even a fraction of the time they’ve spent mud-slinging in actually planning the march, I’m sure it will be a rousing success.
To counter this, happily, there have been many wonderful things happening both personally and professionally. Far from feeling beaten, I feel energized and ready to head into the month. The idea of stripping down to my skivvies, however, when I’ve already been exposed so brutally, doesn’t really sound appealing, so forgive me if I skip this month’s photo. I offer you, instead, a rain check, and promise a wonderful April pin-up for all to admire!
Until then, let’s keep that March Madness to a minimum. I’ve already had my fill!