What the hell is it about men in power? Do they lose their minds? Their morals? Any semblance of common decency? Are they unable to think except with their penises?
Today’s focus in on The Donald. Trump, that is. And no, today I’m not talking about his bloviating about Mexico, or Merika’s “immigration crisis.” That’s reprehensible, and he’s facing business consequences that will hurt him when his proverbial 15 minutes of fame as the republican presidential front runner are over.
No – this is about his statement that if his daughter Ivanka weren’t his daughter, he might be dating her. Is this supposed to be funny? A little light-hearted humor by a clueless man who really doesn’t have a sense of humor? I think not. I think it verges on abuse. If it doesn’t actually cross the line. Who says this kind of stuff? About his child?
I know I’m highly sensitive to this kind of talk. As an incest survivor, my antennae go up immediately. The red flags wave frantically. My amygdala goes into overdrive. I have to remind myself to breathe. I start tapping – left foot, right foot – almost desperately. This is a man who does not respect the father/daughter relationship. Even if he does not cross the line into actual physical abuse – and I won’t pass judgment on that – it’s a grossly inappropriate and stupid thing to say.
The Donald would never get my vote, under any circumstances. But I can’t see why anyone would even consider him as a real candidate.
But that’s beside the point here. I am beside myself about the abuses of men in power. Men who have power and wield it for themselves and nobody else. Who harm women in the process. Bill Cosby with his quaaludes. Donald Trump with his objectification of his daughter (and by extension, all women). I am on overload.