…the hashtag “HillaryGropedMe” began trending in response to the multiple accusations against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and for the first time in a while, I was nearly stopped in my tracks with…with…frustration? Anger? Disgust?
It takes a lot to disgust me, but I waded in because having a flippant hashtag like that is precisely the kind of rape culture I don’t want to live with. Yes. Rape culture, a phrase you used to only hear from women’s studies majors but you know what? They’re right. We have normalized assault and he-said/she-said so much that when it’s she-sand and she-said and she-said and so did she, people feel they can dismiss a multitude of women because, well…what? Because it’s Donald Trump? And he lives in a special world where he can, in fact, grab women by their pussies and get away with it?
No, he doesn’t, and no, he can’t.
I get it. Innocent until proven guilty. But the preponderance of accusations gives one pause, and the answering of those accusations with insulting, woman-hating comments or worse is just too rough a row to hoe. I hereby express my intent to stop even trying to have a conversation with people who support this man. I’m done.
We have three weeks to wade through this mire. Ladies? And gentlemen? You know what to do.