“I grab ‘em by the pussy.”
“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?”
These are not the words of a stupid, drunk 19-year- old. These are the words of a 70-year-old U.S. presidential candidate in the year 2016.
I don’t know who’s worse: Trump or his equally misogynistic supporters. After all, it is Trump’s supporters who give him power. Go on Twitter and you’ll see hashtags calling to #repealthe19th amendment because of a study which shows that if only women voted, Trump would not be elected as president. Seeing as most of his supporters are white, uneducated, older men, I am not surprised to see this hatred of women...I naively assumed there were few of them. It’s 2016, not 1950.
I am still appalled when I hear people say that Trump would be a great candidate for women. Which women? This despicable human being bragged about sexually assaulting women. He dismissed the physical and emotional agony women who have late-term abortions go through.
He called women “fat,” “disgusting animal,” “slob,” “pig,” “nasty,” “ugly” and every derogatory word for women that he has in his vocabulary. He berates and rates women solely based on physical attractiveness. He suggested “punishing” women for having abortions. He implied that all women are gold diggers.
I could go on and on about every sexist, misogynistic, sexually objectifying, disgusting comment about women that came out of Trump’s mouth, but it still wouldn’t matter. People will vote for him anyways, because as we’ve found out from this election cycle, sexism still exists. Words have consequences. They can shape the public perception of an entire population and affect how a group of people are treated.
How can we elect a leader of one of the most powerful countries in the world who has a reputation for making disparaging comments about women and treating them like second-class citizens worthy only for male pleasure and entertainment? How can we expect female leaders from other countries to work with the U.S. on global issues when we have a blatant and proud misogynist as our president?
Don’t forget the women who spent their lives fighting for you before you were even born, before they would ever see the fruit of their labors.
Don’t forget Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and many more women who were beaten, imprisoned and subsequently tortured in prison and abandoned while advocating for your right to obtain contraceptives, to divorce, to work, to own money, to an education, to be free from sexual harassment and for your right to vote. They are all, at this very moment, turning in their graves because of a man whose rhetoric is taking the national discourse on women’s issues several decades back.