If you’ve been following the American election, this has been a very tumultuous month for women. The release of a ten-year-old tape showing Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault unleashed a wave of disavowal – but it was too little, too late
What it also did was pull the curtain back on a social pretense – namely, that men and women are equals. It showed an ugly truth that Michelle Obama then voiced in a campaign speech in New Hampshire: “Maybe we don’t want to believe that there are still people out there who think so little of us as women.” Not all men act, speak, or even think this way, and the silver lining here is that the scandal began a conversation about how men can help stop the ugly “banter”. However, Trump’s comments went deeper, preying on an insecurity that women know all too well.
Today, in 2016, you might see yourself as a respected, empowered equal. But what if before you entered the room, you were being discussed, you were the object of lust, derision, or desire? Will we ever again know for sure? We are powerless to stop the predators when it happens behind our backs.
And that stings.