I find Trump to be one of the most disgraceful and misogynistic of men out there, and frankly it terrifies me that America elected him as president.
As a leader of a country, children take notice of him, but the message that he sends to not just young people, but all of America is alarming.
Trump is sending a message to guys that it is okay to grab a woman by her privates. That it is okay to call girls, ‘miss piggy’, when they are not skinny. These ideas, and this rhetoric, have always been a part of our culture, but it has a different connotation when a world leader openly degrades women the way that Trump has. It sends a message to the rest of the world that it is okay to disrespect us.
Even on my university campus, I have noticed a hike in vulgar catcalls and jokes about women since Trump was elected. My friends and I were at a football game when we overheard two guys asking each other if they’d grab a girl by the ‘p***y. It took a while for us to register this, but the two guys were serious when asking that question. Weeks following the election, I remember my guy friends joking around and saying that no means yes. Apparently, because our president harasses women, they can too.
Not only does Trump’s rhetoric worry me, but his platforms regarding women’s rights scare me. I fear that under a Trump administration America will become very backwards. I worry that women’s fight for equal pay, equal rights and Planned Parenthood will be ignored.
Going to school in Texas, I have already experienced women being stripped of their rights. Texas defunded Planned Parenthood, and since then, Planned Parenthoods were closing all over the state. There are only 34 centers left, all mainly in major cities. It was shocking to me seeing how many centers have been closed, and the positive response this closure got from Texas residents.
I fear that with Trump as president, America will become stuck in the past just like Texas. I fear we’ll live in a world with no equal pay, that parental leave will be more difficult than ever, and that there will be fewer women in the executive workforce.
Most of all, I am scared that there will be anarchy. Men will say whatever they want to women, and the norm for how we are treated by society will once again change.