Is it just my imagination, or does it seem like folks-in-general care more about Pootus Trump’s racism than they do about his sexism? Apologies if I’ve misread the evidence here, but in case I haven’t, then I’d like to try to explain why I think we need to re-prioritize these issues. To be clear, I’m not suggesting we ignore his racism entirely, but that we tend to invest more resources into solving the problem of his sexism than that of his racism.
To begin with, I’ll point out that sexism is actually a form of racism, in which girls and women are fallaciously considered a separate and inferior “race”1, and as such the most populous2 one comprising a full fifty-percent of the Earth’s population — roughly 3.5 billion human beings. So, even if I’m wrong and the problem of Trump’s racism really should trump that of his sexism, really the largest “racial” minority and consequently the one most in need of help is that of girls and women. And in case you’re worried that rich, white, crazy women like Betsy DeVos (or Hilary Clinton, if you’re on that side of things) will somehow be the primary beneficiaries of that help, remember that I’m not suggesting we ignore the racism problem entirely, only that we treat the sexism problem as our first priority.
Furthermore, no matter who you are or where you live, whatever obstacles you struggle against due to your apparent “race”, these tend to be minimized if you are a male and maximized if you are a female. Really, both racism and sexism are specific examples of what we might call physical-powerism — the fallacy that “might makes right”. And since men tend even within a given “race” to be bigger and stronger than women — more physically powerful — they are prone to committing the fallacy of physical-powerism, even against the female members of their own “race”.
So, yes, by all means, “black-lives matter”, but what I’m asserting here really is that the lives of “black” girls and women ought to matter even more. Again, please forgive me if you think I’ve misread the evidence that has lead me to this opinion. I’m open to changing my mind, of course, but I would need to encounter the right sort of evidence, which appears to be lacking at the moment.
But all of that applies to sexism and racism in general, and thus to Trump’s sexism and racism specifically. But there’s at least one more reason we should focus in particular on Trump’s own sexism: we have that Access Hollywood, “Grab’em by the pussy”, hot-mike recording of Donald Trump boasting about his own total disregard for the idea that women are actually human beings.
Honestly I think this single document may be the most overlooked and underutilized resource in the resistance against Trumplethinskin. To my view it should probably be the opening salvo in any and every conversation about T-Rump. Alongside the Lord’s Prayer, the Serenity Prayer, and Desiderata, I think Trump’s hateful, anti-Presidential words should be memorized and recited as often as possible — especially by Senators and Congresspersons. I think it should head every email or letter sent to a public official. I think teachers should teach it to school children. I think it should be printed on T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers. Most importantly, these disgusting, vile words must never be forgotten.
And in case you have accidentally forgotten about them, here’s the original recording:
1 I put the word race in scare-quotes to express my current opinion that the idea of race is scientifically dubious. I’ll use the same technique when referring to any specific “race” (e.g. “black”). For explanation, see “Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue“, Scientific American, Feb. 5, 2016. Last accessed Jan. 18, 2018, 7:02 AM.
2 I should admit that his is more of an assumption I’m making, but I believe it’s a reasonable one. More explicitly, I’m assuming that fifty-percent of the total Human population are female, and that the total population of any other “race” is less than fifty percent of the total Human population. In any case, even if this assumption were false, I’m not sure my opinion would change much concerning the relative priorities of Trump’s racism versus his sexism.