“Hi – I’m Mia Freedman and… welcome to a special bonus No Filter mini-series where I try to figure out what the hell just happened and what it means for the future.
Somehow for reasons I don’t quite understand, this election felt so very, very personal.
I don’t ever remember feeling so emotionally invested in a political battle, not John Howard vs Kevin Rudd, not Julia Gillard vs Kevin Rudd, not anyone vs Tony Abbott not Malcolm Turnbull…..
And yet here I am, being mocked by websites all over the world for adding the number for Lifeline after the post I wrote for Mamamia about the lessons I learned the day of the election.
I know this wasn’t an overreaction because I spoke to people who were in tears, who were frightened, who were angry and devastated but mostly who were shocked.
Mia speaks with Miranda Devine in the second part of this No Filter mini-series. Full interview at the bottom of this post. Post continues after video...
What does the election of Donald Trump - ugh - mean?
I’ve questioned absolutely everything.
The bubble of media and like-minded opinions I’ve created around myself.
What President Trump means for women - not just in America - but all over the world.
And there are questions I keep asking myself and all the other freaked out people in my life who are clutching our heads either actually or metaphorically, trying to grasp that we’re not watching a reality show but real life.
Was the rejection of Hillary more about her being a woman or a Clinton?
Did Trump supporters vote for him because of the disgusting things he said about women or in spite of them?
Do they really want him to build a wall and lock her up?
And what now? What next?
Mia speaks with Paul Murray in the first episode of this No Filter mini-series... Post continues after audio.
I couldn’t watch any media in the 24 hours after the election. Couldn’t turn on the TV. Couldn’t listen to any of my favourite political podcasts for days. The process of acceptance of what’s happening has been slower than I could have imagined.
I realise though, at this point, I have a choice. As a woman and as the creative director of a women’s media company.