Written by Alberta Parish
Watching the President of the United States mock a survivor of sexual assault this week makes me think that perhaps it was wholly necessary that white women began the feminist movement in the 1700s. Since this is the standard behavior among today's white male, then God help us all because women of all nationalities may in the very near future experience a semblance of the world that existed in Margaret Atwood's, The Handmaid's Tale, which is currently a television series on Hulu.
While the President on Tuesday took time out to mock Christine Blasey Ford in front of a crowd of hundreds of his cult followers at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, a girl somewhere in the United States was being sexually assaulted or raped. On Tuesday, Trump also made these infamous remarks saying, "I say that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of. This is a very difficult time." I say that it is a very scary and difficult time for girls and women of all nationalities to live in a world with unempathetic old men who happens to be in positions of power like the President and the Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. It is my opinion that men don't need to be in power period. I'm not only the person who shares this viewpoint concerning men. Although I believe men shouldn't be in power, I'm not so sure that women should be in power. I think women in power are probably just as destructive as their male counterparts.
There is something fundamentally wrong with an old man who fails to identity the atrocities that are being carried out against girls and women all around the world. There are active pedophile operations in our nation's capitol, which I'm very sure the President knows about. The nonempathy that our President has shown this week toward victims and survivors of sexual assault like Christine Blasey Ford is only a symptom of a much bigger issue: patriarchy. I don't think the United States is going to survive another century of a patriarchal society. White men will either have to completely subjugate women including girls or patriarchy is going to be abolished. I just don't think the average male want to see the end of a patriarchal society. The majority of Black men would also be on the sidelines cheering for the total subjugation of women and girls, because they don't have any power at all. Their only power comes from dominating girls and women. Either the U.S. becomes like the fictional Gilead in The Handmaid's Tale or patriarchy will be abolished.
In the world of The Handmaid's Tale, a political faction similar to the Nazis took over a section of the United States, and passed laws stripping women of all their rights, including reproductive rights. Women could no longer work. They were also excluded from political office. Women and girls were prohibited from reading. Girls as early as 16 years of age were forced into arranged marriages with partners that were chosen for them. Younger women were also forced to bear children for the powerful men that controlled Gilead. These women were known as handmaids. The handmaids lived in the same home with these men and their wives. Men were given the right to beat their wives for any infraction. Men who broke the law were also executed. There were demonstrations and street protests opposing the new government when it first emerged but none of that mattered in the end.
I feel sorry for future girls and women that are going to have to deal with the consequences of a patriarchal society in which old men today have no empathy toward victims and survivors of rape, sodomy, pedophilia, sexual assault, sexual abuse, etc.
Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme is a planned, strategic move, which will have future consequences for the #MeToo movement. They are letting women and girls everywhere know that our right to live in a world free of sexual assault, rape, and abuse does not matter to them. We are the second-class citizens in a so-called democracy, which really isn't a democracy. It's a dictatorship. There is no freedom under tyranny.
Trump is a mistake. He is one big error for which all of America will pay the price. Hopefully, I won't be here when the chickens come home to roost.