At the last debate, Donal Trump again reiterated that no one has more respect for women than he does. That got me thinking, unfortunately.
If all men had the same level of respect for women as Donald J. Drumpf, what kind of a world would we live in? Worse, what if some women had so little self-respect that they voted for someone who cared as little for women as Donald Trump?
In such a world, we might have an entire culture of rape. Women would be blamed for the violence of men. Men would routinely blame the victim and get away with such violent crime.
In such a world, women would not have control over their own bodies and reproduction. Where laws could not be changed to prevent abortion, clinics would be forced via threats and violence to close. Even where women were legally allowed to have an abortion, clinics would be so far away as to make it impractical for many women, especially women with less money.
In such a world, women would be punished for having an abortion. In some cases, a woman might even be jailed for having a miscarriage if someone checked her browser history and found that she had considered or merely just searched for information about the option of having an abortion.
In such a world, even certain medical prescriptions for women would become controversial for some bizarre reason. People in this world would actually see a reason to oppose insurance coverage for women’s birth control while still supporting insurance coverage for men’s boner pills.
In such a world, women would receive lower pay for doing the same job just because they lacked a penis. Seriously.
Please help me wake up from this nightmare on November 8th.
And, even if you don’t like either candidate, please remember that we vote for a lesser evil because it is less evil. There are only two candidates with a chance to win this election. If you do not vote for Hillary Clinton, you are voting for this nightmare to continue and worsen.
There are numerous other reasons to vote for Hillary Clinton or at least to vote against Donald Trump. But, watching the last debate and hearing Trump again assert that no one respects women more than he does, it occurred to me that he might be right, and not in a good way. Even thought many of us do, in fact, respect women more than the Donald, we as a society seem to have no more respect for women than the Donald.
On November 8th, let’s take a first little baby step toward changing that.
That women’s rights are human rights should be obvious from the fact that women are human beings.