I have never been one to get into politics. From the election in 2000 to 2004 to 2008. Even the election in 2012, where I was old enough to know how the decision would affect me. No, I haven’t really thought much about it, aside from the occasional controversy. Yet I cannot escape the controversy of this election. I can no longer sit around and ignore the things that have been said about my gender, the fact that there is blatant racism, sexism, and religious discrimination not only among the candidates in this election, but also the American people. The same people whose forefathers founded this great nation. None of them were born here. They discovered this nation, and they decided that they were superior to the people that’s ancestors lived there since history was first recorded. We, the people of the United States of America, do not deserve that land we live on.
I just want to point out that I am the proud daughter of an American soldier. I love this country, and it is because of this that I feel as if I need to finally step up and say something. My parents raised me to show respect to people. Notice how I said ‘people.’ Not men. Not adults. Not white people. ALL people. I was not raised to see myself, a Caucasian female, as better than ANYONE. I was raised to believe that all people, people who are black, white, yellow, green, purple, and blue, are ALL equal. I have always been grateful to live in such an amazing country. One that allowed me, a female, to go to school, own a home, practice whatever religion I believe in, and even say whatever I want without any fear of being persecuted for it.
Yet I can now say I feel ashamed. I feel ashamed to live in a country where people make excuses for sexual predators. They find it funny that a man says things like, ‘hello, miss piggy’ and ‘a flat chested woman is very hard to be a 10’ and even, ‘I just grab them by the pussy.’ Their reason for dismissing them? We all know we have said worse.
You have GOT to be kidding me. I, for one, know that I have never said anything even close to that disgusting or discriminating. I really do understand that sometimes, people take what celebrities or politicians say way out of context, however, we cannot allow this sort of behavior to proceed.
Young girls today already have to deal with so much. Bullying, body shaming from the media, even parental judgment about their bodies. It does not help that a very powerful man is making these comments. Now, I understand that there are certain features men find attractive, and that’s alright, but for a person to go beyond that, to cross the line from being vulgar to being blatantly disgusting, and frankly, talking about illegal behavior, is too much.
The supporters of this candidate are also quite troubling. They have made themselves heard when talking about certain issues, the latest of which, is that the government should repeal that nineteenth amendment. Those of you who do not know what this is, it is the amendment that gives women like me the right to vote. Now, I don’t know about you, but, like at the beginning of this little rant, I believe that all people, regardless of gender, religion, or race, should have the right to vote in this country.