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Wait, Donald Trump’s Pussy Comment Will Be Printed In History Books One Day

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Back in October of 2016, about a month before that fateful election, a video surfaced of Donald Trump saying some straight up messed up things, including, but not limited to “Grab ’em by the pussy.” When those comments first surfaced, I was disgusted, as anyone would be.

The thought of this man becoming president, especially when he had a history of saying (and doing) disgusting things to and about women, had America worrying about what that may mean for society, what that could mean for future generations. I worried about that as well, thinking of it almost as a hypothetical, a theoretical question.

“What if Trump wins, even though he said that? What will that mean for society and us? What will future generations think, when one day they will read for a school report about how a president said such a thing?”

However, a conversation with one of my younger sisters forced me to pause and fully realize the weight of Trump’s words. To my younger sister, while the comment made her uncomfortable on the whole, the thing that stuck out to her the most was that he used the word “pussy,” which she believed to be a “bad word.” The fact that it was the word that he used, not the sentence he said that was wrong, unnerved me.

The fact that my fourteen-year-old sister could vocalize that what he said made her uncomfortable, but felt that it was the slang word for vagina, and not that a man the age of her grandfather was saying that a (rich, old, white) man has the power to do anything against a woman’s will and desire forced me to confront an ever-present thing.

While, yes, it is terrifying and disheartening to realize that one day, Trump’s comments will be printed in a history book, in biographies, in leftover media from the time, his words and attitude have already been printed into the American psyche. Maybe not by him directly, but by people like him.

The fact that it took a little more than a decade for him to face any backlash at all for those comments, that people excused him when the comments came to light, that it ultimately was rendered a “boys will be boys” issue, shows that it’s not just a phenomenon we have to worry about in the future.

It happened yesterday, it’s happening today and the pervasive attitude that allows things like this to be said, acted out, and then excused is shaping how people grow and think.

This is extremely disheartening, yes–but not all is lost. I’m sure you know that too. The future is still before us. We still have a chance to change things. True, we cannot and should not erase history (for how will we learn if we do)…but we can render past sentiments irrelevant with action taken for the future.

There are so many ways to take action. Form a protest, like the Women’s March. Talk about feminism and its impact to anyone who will listen. Educate our future generations that they have power in their words too. Call out sexism, be it casual and blatant, or implicit and quiet.

True, Trump’s words will be published one day in a history book. It’s up to us to ensure that the pages, the chapters, the books following that will also talk about how the women resisted and forced change.

It’s up to us to ensure that, for every “Grab ’em by the pussy,” there is a “Nevertheless, she persisted,” a “We Rise,” a declaration that “This Pussy grabs back.”

Editorial Contributor, Eastern Michigan University

Major/Minors: Language, Literature, and Writing/ Creative Writing & Journalism

Her Heart Belongs To: Her Boyfriend, anything Sylvia Plath related, and Earl Grey Tea

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