Power to the Pussy: a United Front Against Trump’s America

This year’s Women’s March was a revolutionary revolt against the powers that be; namely, Donald Trump and his election into office. What started on the streets of Washington D.C. spread across the country and made its way all over the world. The fact that over 5 million people across the globe created a platform to express and voice our concerns, by including people of all ages, genders, nationalities, religions and sexualities is so powerful and inspiring. It also shows just how much of a threat that Trump’s America poses, and that people are scared for their future, which is now in his hands.

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The Women’s March advocates peaceful, yet forceful and constant resistance. Marchers all over the world were, and are still calling for tolerance, inclusion and women’s rights, and to build bridges instead of walls. It shows that there is power in numbers, and that we are fighting something much bigger than ourselves. This overwhelming response to Trump’s inauguration, and the international solidarity shows that it has struck a chord with so many people across the world, bringing people and communities closer together over one common cause.

For a white, blonde haired, blue eyed Christian American woman she stands in a place of privilege on the social spectrum.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I dislike Donald Trump and a lot of the things he stands for (misogyny, homophobia, racism, xenophobia, greed, narcissism… the list goes on). I’ve found myself asking how anyone can be expected to respect a man who refuses to display respect for us? This is someone who brags about his conquests and his allegations of sexual harassment, and quips about having sex with his own daughter. The fact that even this couldn’t stand in the way of a man becoming the president of the United States, shows how deep rooted America’s white Christian roots are, and how systemically internalised the inequality and misogyny is in America.

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The rise of alt-Right populism and people like Tomi Lahren, the outspoken Trump postergirl dubbed the ‘white power Barbie’, is a scary new reality that Trump’s America has given more power to. Lahren’s Twitter feed is filled with hashtags like #AmericaFirst, calling Trump supporters the ‘silent majority’. She has openly criticised the Women’s March, the Left and the entire feminist movement for holding Trump supporters to account for not fitting ‘their mold of empowerment’. She has also said that the feminist movement has been ‘hijacked’ and has ‘become passively aggressively anti-men’, calling herself ‘fearless’ for expressing her unfiltered points of view, all whilst being safely hidden behind the TV screen and her phone screen. Her brand of journalism is honestly nothing more than ignorant hate speech, as she regularly screeches her dismay on her ‘Final Thoughts’ TV segment. For a white, blonde haired, blue eyed Christian American woman she stands in a place of privilege on the social spectrum. She clearly feels that tolerance, free speech and equality are a privilege rather than a humanitarian right for minority groups, who need movements such as the Women’s March to stand up for them.

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Moreover, how can women in America, including his wife and daughter, stand by as he unashamedly attacks their rights to reproduction, sexual health and general wellbeing and rights? It’s tiring to have to keep putting up with the same rhetoric where those in charge who have jurisdiction over women’s bodies, yet they still remain so ignorant and misinformed on the matters at hand, which is why it’s hard to not get emotionally and personally invested in this cause. Given the opportunity to partake in such a march, it would seem almost ridiculous not to.

@J Fair via Flickr

The Women’s March is a refusal to accept the patriarchal, misogynistic status quo as it stands. We, as women and human beings, are refusing to accept a president who wants to ‘grab us by the pussy’ and impose laws over our bodies, of which he knows nothing of their inner workings. Yes, he may have won through gaslighting a large portion of the public sector, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to keep pushing for positive change.

words by Katherine Brown

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