Pigs. Slobs. Goofy. Perfect-tens. “Blood coming out of [them] everywhere.” These are some of the more dumbfounding ways the current U.S. president has regarded women in the press, media and even Congress.
If his own words and actions are any indication, Donald Trump has simply little use for women who would contradict, defy or openly oppose him. Unless – of course – they serve his agenda.
At this week’s rally in Youngstown, Ohio – whereas Trump racistly referred to immigrants as murderous “animals” – he once again utilized the female sex how he often sees fit: as weakish pawns in his absurdly regressive narrative.
“And you’ve seen the stories about some of these animals,” he said to a cheering crowd of mostly white people. “They don’t want to use guns, because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough. So they’ll take a young, beautiful girl—16, 15 and others—and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die. And these are the animals that we’ve been protecting for so long. Well, they’re not being protected anymore, folks.”
In this particular instance, Trump is referring to the murders of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas. While their deaths were abhorrent tragedies and reminiscent of the culture of violence that has pervaded American society regardless of color and creed, his fear-mongering utilization of these singular cases to justify his (and his base’s) xenophobia is as transparent as his lies are forthcoming.
But embedded in his blatant, generalized racism is another more acute offense: the depiction of women as the “lesser” sex who are unwittingly at the mercy of savagery, particularly by that of non-white males. The propagandizing of women’s bodies as needing protection from non-white males is not a new concept, as it dates back to the dawn of imperialism and has pervaded every advanced culture as a tenet of white supremacy.
The president furthers the dehumanization of entire populations by relegating women and girls to victimhood; suggesting that – as red-blooded, white-skinned American males – he and his Republican cohorts are tasked with the shielding of such “beautiful girl[s]” because beauty and youth are the direct equivalent to innocence and vulnerability (as opposed to the women who have accused him of sexual assault not being attractive enough to warrant the accusation in the first place).
His backwards mentality suggests that the female body is a currency of which men – good and bad – are tasked to trade, exploit and protect; whereas reneging on the latter is akin to a self-rejection of one’s male honor.
Donald Trump does not care about women; not their safety, their rights nor their health. It makes no difference to him how many are placed in harm’s way, nor how often or by whom. He only regards them as a useful trope to be called upon if and when beneficial to his cause.
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