Trump’s Legacy: Make America Grope Again

First, let’s just say that women have been dealing with this particular form of sexual assault for as long as men have had hands. This kind of assault, like its horrendous first cousin, rape, has little to do with sexual desire. Sure the perpetrator may be sexually attracted to the woman, but groping her is about asserting authority, about taking what he wants and dominating his prey. This predator gets satisfaction, a power-trip high, from invading a victim’s body with an action of his own desire, an act of sexual aggression. While it is an assault, it is also a threat. It says, “I can take you if I want to.”

Gropers are rapists in training. While most will never make it to the final exam, satisfied enough with groping women to assert their dominance, given the right circumstances, how many would have the self control to stop themselves if no one could see or hear what was happening? Face it, if you can’t stop yourself from grabbing a woman’s genitals, self control is not your strong point.

But let’s cut to it. The real problem right now is that a large section of the public is backing the groper instead of the victim. Thank you Donald, that is just what we needed. As if the world is not dangerous enough for women, you have your supporters and surrogates out defending you by normalizing your grotesque actions.  don’t believe me? let’s take a look!

Senator Jeff Sessions told the conservative magazine Weekly Standard that he wouldn’t characterize unwanted touching and kissing as sexual assault. “I think that’s a stretch,” he said. (read complete article here)

Yes, you read that right SENATOR Sessions. Uh huh. That’s just one of our nation’s lawmakers. Of course, this goes part a parcel with earlier movements within the GOP to redefine the terms of sexual assault and rape, which seem to have less to do with consent and more with how hard a woman fights the predator.

I have watched people who are otherwise sane, create excuses to keep supporting Trump. And one of the worst excuses is by attempting to pass this off as locker room banter. By doing so, they are normalizing the discussion of sexually assaulting women, teaching our boys that it is normal to think of girls this way.

What other conclusion can you make from that? Trump is teaching our sons that talking about assaulting women is perfectly okay if no women are around to hear it. But that attitude is just a small step between voice and action. If you discuss assault in a positive way like it is a normal thing, even admirable, then the action becomes less offensive and more expected. Trump is adding years of work to overcome rape culture by reintroducing and reinforcing the concept that women exist to please men, even when they’d rather not. He’s telling our boys that if they want to be a winner and not a loser, then they will take what they want and move on.

Trump’s idea of making America great again is to recreate a society where white men rule their homes in the lazy-boy armchair of power; where wives have dinner on the table on time and never complain because they know their place; where people of color understand where they fit in society, where it is okay to openly discriminate. Trump doesn’t just grope women, he gropes anyone he thinks is beneath them, whether it is verbally, financially or physically. That is what he does. He is an assault on our way of life and he wants to normalize it. He wants to make America grope again.

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