Many of your neighbors from Lovettsville, and not just women, felt it was necessary to March on Washington the next day after the Inauguration this past Friday.
They were doing what many other communities were doing across the Commonwealth.
One local woman said, “You know how a woman speaks at a meeting and is ignored. Then a man repeats the very same thought he just heard her say – and then it’s treated by the men as if it was the man’s idea all along.”
“Worse than that,” she said, “is when a woman enjoys the right of privacy to control her own body – and that’s not respected.”
This latter observation relates to what was plainly a defining moment in the recent presidential election for very many women, when it was widely disclosed, what Mr. Trump thought about women.
Mr. Trump said, “You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy, you can do anything.”
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Mr. Trump said.
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women],” Trump said, “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet, just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
In other words, a woman said, “a woman’s consent is irrelevant to this guy.”
Trump confided to a like-minded male that he tried to have sex with one woman the two were about to join, knowing she was married. He said, “I moved on her like a bitch.”
Mr. Trump favors tic tacs “just in case I start kissing…”
In the recent campaign, it is undisputed that Mr. Trump, by word and conduct, was transparently intolerant of persons by their gender, race, color, religion and place of origin.
Mr. Trump, however, reserved his special abuse for women, no matter whether the woman was a Fox anchor or an Oscar-winning actor.
Contradicting Mr. Trump invited slander, lies and relentless trash talk.
Women the world over saw in Mr. Trump’s November election the danger of sexual discrimination going forward in his Administration, impermissible incursions into the sanctity of the person, of the constitutional right to be let alone, of access to medical records, of equal pay for equal work, of their dignity – meaning shame for being a woman. Continue reading