Today, we heard on an audio recording, the GOP presidential nominee boasting about his escapades of sexual assault - kissing women at his willful lust without permission. "Grab them by their pussy, you can do anything," he guffaws, salivating in his own perceived stardom and the power he holds as a "star."
It's 2016, and we have a presidential nominee that sees women as "less than." It's not debatable. It just is. The candidate has doubled down on his view of women as objects to be judged based upon perceived attractiveness. We were once so lucky to be compared to beautiful architecture during one of his eloquent speeches! But don't worry AB! We're supposed to believe that this "authenticity" is "refreshing!" We have a presidential candidate who is deplorable... but hey, he's open about it, so he supposed to be cool in our books.
I want you to know that you are not an object. You are not defined by how big your boobs are, or by how long your legs look in that dress. You're not obligated under any circumstance, EVER, to let a man, or anyone for that matter, touch any part of you that you do not first give permission to.
I want you to know that while a large portion of our nation is failing you at this very moment by throwing their support behind a misogynist who tells women that they must look good on their knees, or that they'd make good wife material, or that women exist to serve and please men, that I will do everything in my power to make sure you understand your power and your value.
I want you to know that I don't find this funny. I don't find it amusing. At this very moment, his "first apology ever" was just released regarding this audio. I want you to know that even though he just dismissed the release of his audio about his admission to sexual assault as a "distraction from real issues," I will not be fooled. I will not be blind. I won't pretend that this isn't rape culture at its finest. I will fight for you. I will never support someone who so passionately demotes women to nothing more than mere sexual objects for his own pleasure.
You deserve better than that. Every single girl and woman deserves better than that.
I won't ever silence you. I'll encourage you to learn and ask questions. I'll encourage you to discover all that you're capable of becoming. I'll do my damndest to see to it that you get an equal shot. I'll continue to support those who don't default to a "boys will be boys" mentality. You will know your value, I promise you that.
I want you to know that your parents won't let you down this election season.