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Jenny Holland PsyD is one of the contributors to FURY.
"FURY is a book that many powerful women have contributed to, I am lucky enough to be one of them. My contribution centers around my first experience with social activism, identity, marginalization and empowerment. It also talks about the dangers of the current political environment, and what I’ve noticed in clinical practice as a result. It also talks about the importance of doing something, anything, that is active to create change, no matter how small. For me those actions can range from petition signing, letter writing, working to end voter suppression, standing out in the heat or cold and protesting. I also consider the practice of psychotherapy a political act. Hence my slogan: Therapy For A Change.
As I sit with each person, family, couple, or fellow clinician or healthcare worker, my hope is to provide them with an experience of connecting more fully with themselves, so they can focus on what matters to them most.
I would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to editors Alissa Hirshfeld and Amy Roost for making this book a reality. And also to the other contributors for their boldness and courage and honesty." ~ Jenny Holland, PsyD
Fury: Women's Lived Experiences During the Trump Era is a collection of essays by a diverse group of 38 women, from different ethnicity, religions, ages, and sexual orientations. Jenny Holland PsyD is one of the contributors to FURY.
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Praise for FURY
“If ever a book met the historic moment, it is this one. In an era where women are fighting oppression and sexual victimization, we have elevated unapologetic toxic sexual predators to both the White House and the Supreme Court. The authors in this collection bring us inside their workplaces and homes to show how this kind of politics has affected the lives of real people. If we survive the Trump era—by no means a forgone conclusion– we will have women to thank.”
– John Gartner, Ph.D. author of, In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography and Founder of Duty To Warn
“These are thunderbolts thrown at the ultimate lightning rod in a cultural struggle that goes back to the dawn of human civilization. If only Donald Trump were just a metaphor, or justifiable outrage able to sway willful ignorance. A treat to meet these women in their fury.”
– John Sayles, author of Yellow Earth
“Women are still, in 2019, discouraged from viewing the world or politics or our surroundings too much as ‘women.’ We’re discouraged from so-called ‘identity politics,’ and made to feel silly if we feel personal grief at the idea of a sexual predator in the White House, the Supreme Court, and probably every other branch of government. This collection gives a defiant middle finger to that idea. In it, women discuss how their gender, racial, and sexual identities have all come into play in their experiences of the Trump presidency, and move quickly past Trump himself to the systemic failures he represents: patriarchy, white supremacy, and toxic masculinity. It’s not a wallowing, but a reckoning. An acknowledgement and a claiming of righteous anger, the goal of which is clear: claiming power and building new systems, and a better world. You’ll feel sadness, anger, empathy and more reading these essays, but ultimately you’ll come away feeling heard and empowered to fight.”
– Amy Westervelt, author of Forget “Having It All”: How America Messed Up Motherhood-and How to Fix It.
Excerpt of speech that inspired Dr. Holland's contribution:
(Dr. Holland's talk given at the Glacier Center in Santa Rosa following the first women’s march.)
As a mental health professional I am used to taking a role in the advancement and welfare of others on a daily basis through the capacity to educate, evaluate, empathize and advocate for the most part. Our work is done on a smaller scale one-on-one in the safety of the therapeutic setting and in confidence.
It is because we have aligned with our clients that they trust us listen and often make good use of our attention. They trust us to say what we see in a way that allows them to take it in and make use of it. They trust us to act in their best interests and not to harm. Sometimes our help is in the form of support. Sometimes it is in the work of exploration and sometimes it is in helping our clients know when to sit back and when to take action. And each of us have a different threshold that tells us when we must act. I crossed that threshold for the first time in August 1989 the day after my 18th birthday.
The first meaningful thing I did as a legal adult was to get myself arrested for soliciting a citizen to perform Unlawful Acts against public property. This came about because a mentor and recently disabled friend of mine asked me if I wanted to take a road trip. to protest the lack of access for people with disabilities in the town of Sparks Nevada of all places .... listen to the full audio version here.
"To stand in this small band of misfits in 113 degree heat in the middle of nowhere to do what? To protest what? My thoughts raced. But with my friend Margaret's encouragement and sensing her enthusiasm for the cause. We pulled out the wheelchairs and got on that street corner..."
About this book:
Fury: Women's Lived Experiences During the Trump Era brings together a diverse community of women who reveal the impact of Donald Trump's behavior, words, and presidency and how each is confronting the problem and fighting back. Fury is a cohesive narrative of the times we live in and chronicles a unique chapter in history for the edification of generations of women and allies to follow.
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