August 19, 2017

A new era for the war on women

The hammer has fallen. Donald Drumpf has taken the White House. A child of no experience who deserves no respect will soon be in a position of power. Where does this leave women for the next four years?

The Donald is accused of raping a 13 year old girl in 1994. There are two eye-witnesses to this pedophilloic atrocity. Even so, this woman has received so many death threats from  Trump’s supporters that she has dropped the case for fear of her life. Almost a dozen other women whom he sexually assaulted have come forward as well. His response? This serial groper claims that they are lying. The same buffoon who bragged about sexual assault in an Access Hollywood tape now whines that the women coming forward about what he did to them are just trying to get attention. I am beyond disgusted.

By electing a serial groper to the highest office in America, we as a country say something to survivors of sexual assault everywhere. We declare that what happened to them does not matter, that they are the only ones who will experience lasting consequences. We tell them that their abusers did not commit a crime worth noticing. We allow the continuation of rape culture. This is an atrocious message that will be broadcast to every survivor and every abuser all over the world each time our groping President-elect appears on television or makes the headlines.

It is not only what Drumpf has done in the past that will hurt women, but also what he will do in office. Unless the progressive members of Congress can stall for four years, Donald will have the power to select at least one Supreme Court judge. If he does so, Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court case that guaranteed women the right to an abortion, will likely be overturned.

Roe vs. Wade gives me ownership over my own body. To revoke Roe vs. Wade is to leave abortion rights up to state legislatures. In some states, laws would pass that would force all pregnancies to be carried to term. Women who are raped will be forced to carry their rapist’s baby to term. Women who are at risk of dying as a result of giving birth will be forced to carry their child to term, and some will die. Women carrying a child with severe disabilities who faces a life of great suffering will not have the right to decide what is best for their families. Women  will be forced to carry a child to term regardless of the circumstances.

To remove this right is to violate me.

Overturning Roe v. Wade is not the only action the Trump administration would have taken against women’s health. If it were not for President Obama, who signed a bill protecting Title X, Mike Pence no doubt would have taken steps to remove Title X funding. Title X provides Planned Parenthood with funding for low-cost health care and breast cancer screenings for women. Removal of this funding would have left hundreds of thousands of women living in rural areas without access to life-saving medical care. It appears that Pence  values the lives of women so little that he would rather withhold life-saving medical treatment from the women who need it than work with a foundation that provides abortions (none of which can be funded with money from Title X).

The backlash against women has already started. There have been multiple reports of Muslim women being attacked by men who pull off their hijabs. Others report hearing men say “now grabbing pussy will be legal.” Recently at Wellesley College, two Babson students named Edward Tomasso and Parker Rander-Riccardi parked in front of the African American student house and started harassing students. The President-elect that only about a quarter of the population actually voted for has already given other sexist pigs (because no one that takes these sorts of actions could ever be mistaken for a man) more self-appointed entitlement over the actions of women.

One of the worst things about this is that 53% of white women who voted cast their ballot for Drumpf. Even as women were lining up at Susan B. Anthony’s grave to stick on their “I voted” sticker, others metaphorically spat in her face as they helped elect a child prepared to turn back the clock on all the progress women have achieved. It seems that unfortunately, one of the biggest enemies to the progression of women are the ones still stuck in the past, the ones who “don’t need feminism” and the ones who see the presidency as a “man’s job.” I hate to break it to you sweetie, but the spray-tanned pile of garbage with a hairpiece whom we are stuck with until he gets impeached isn’t a man.

I do not know exactly what the next four years will bring, but I do know one thing: my own strength. I will not go gently into the night. I will not let President Drumpf dismantle my rights. I will drop a nuclear bomb on the glass ceiling and blow it to pieces. All this election has taught me is that it is time to fight twice as hard against the people who believe that I am not strong enough to stand my ground. To every woman who feels angry, every girl with boiling blood, it is time to fight twice as hard for our future. To be idle in this pursuit is to allow sexism to stand. Learn. Work hard. Achieve. Prove your ability to everyone that tells you no. Most importantly, help each other because we have, and always will be, stronger together.

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