Feminism, that truly terrifying eight letter word. So many people hear it and fear it, if someone says that they are a feminist, they are thought to be a radical and that you support women’s rights over man.This is totally untrue, at least in conjunction with the beliefs of the feminists that I know. According to Belle hooks and the title of her guide to feminism, “Feminism is for everybody “. Feminism has changed a lot from first, second and now third wave feminism. From early pioneers who introduced such as Jeremy Bentham when feminism was such a new ideal and differed greatly from protofeminism, the closest movement to feminism in the fourteenth century. Of course, progress has been made since then and the days when suffragettes would throw themselves under wagons in order to gain votes for women . Progress has been made, but now with the election of Donald Trump, feminism will be pivotal in the post-trump era. Even before his election, he had a very “boys will be boys attitude ” towards female victims of sexual abuse.
26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
This was 2013, and not much has changed since then, he has an anti-abortion attitude towards planned towards planned parenting and has vowed to cut their funding if they don’t stop providing abortions. He has continuously glorified the mistreatment of women, here are a few gems of his.
In a 1991 Esquire magazine interview, he said: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass”.
In 1992 he said in an interview with New York magazine “You have to treat them like shit”.
In April this yea he Trump retweeted user @mplefty67’s comment, “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
These are just a few examples of his patriarchal beliefs, now that he will, in fact, be president, however, he will have the power, in particular, most vulnerable: immigrant women, women of colour, lesbian women, transgender women, women seeking abortions, women seeking asylum, women seeking protection from men. The American people need feminism now more than ever to combat this chauvinistic, presidency ..Modern feminism is an inclusive movement focused on making people’s lives better – regardless of what you look like.
Let’s not forget the 2005 “Grab her by the pussy tape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8U0IaMsRf4
Bell hooks (2001)- Femenism is for Everybody
The Washington post, what does president trump mean for feminists(online) available at https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/11/09/what-does-president-trump-mean-for-feminists/?utm_term=.dac5a206b750%5BAccesses 09/12/16]
Bell hooks: Ending Domination — The Struggle Continues- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMuEJhlWSvA