Donald Trump and the Rise of Sexism

The Democratic National Convention recently announced the first female presidential nominee in history, but sexism is alive and well. Trump has proudly stated his opinion of women, and it isn’t pretty. 

 In a 2006 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Trump said: 

“Rosie O’Donnell is disgusting, both inside and out. If you take a look at her, she’s a slob. How does she even get on television? If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie. I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers and say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’

Trump continued to verbally attack her by stating:

“Rosie’s a person who’s very lucky to have her girlfriend. And she better be careful or I’ll send one of my friends over to pick up her girlfriend. Why would she stay with Rosie if she had another choice?”

He places great value on physical beauty and hurls insults at educated women who dare to assert an opinion. The general public has come to expect this type of response from Trump, but it is surprising to see some women approve of his derogatory remarks. What drives them to defend his misogynistic behavior?

At a GOP debate, Trump made derogatory comments about Rosie O’Donnell’s physical appearance. The laughter and applause from the audience prove that his sexist statements are well-received. Some women are amused by his remarks, and this encourages his abhorrent behavior. 

Donald Trump has a number of female supporters. When Donald Trump tweeted insults aimed at O’Donnell, female supporters were among those echoing his sentiments. His unexpected popularity among women illustrates that some favor and encourage sexism. 

Why do women support his archaic belief that women are meant to be brainless, sexual beings designed to bear children and entertain men? Women have been duped into believing that they are now more powerful because it is socially acceptable to publicly berate other women. 

Trump’s campaign slogan states that he intends to make America great again, and some of his supporters envision the 1950s as the time when America was great. It was a time when men were the king of their castle and women were in the kitchen. His supporters are largely in favor of an America where men are in charge and minorities are oppressed. His vision is appealing to Americans who secretly fear the toppling of a society where they retain power over various groups. In short, he openly expresses hatred that many were afraid to display in public. It is easy to see why men who grew up in households where wives submitted to their husbands want to maintain the status quo. It is more difficult to understand why women would rally behind Trump’s blatantly sexist views and regurgitate his vile commentary.

Trump refers to Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas.’ Women cheered and encouraged his offensive statement.

Women who support his derogatory remarks are often the same women who derive joy from tearing down other women. 

This is their normal behavior, but now they are applauded when they loudly profess their disdain. They now have a voice to validate their conduct, and it is disheartening to realize that women are still the enemy of women. It is disturbing that they fail to realize that encouraging insults and demeaning remarks only serves to perpetuate the idea that women are not equal and are not deserving of equality. It is a mistaken belief that a woman’s opinion means more since men are now stating the same opinion. The shared opinion is that women deserve to be belittled.

This is the behavior young women are witnessing. They are learning that the women’s rights movement is backsliding, and some women find this acceptable. The masses are teaching them a woman’s value is directly related to her beauty and bullying is the socially acceptable way to punish a woman who dares to challenge a man’s opinion. Trump is championing a new era of sexism and oppression, and some women do not realize that they are rallying behind his cause. Degradation is not progression, and women must stand strong and reject his sexist ideals. 

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