The President-Elect and the 19th Amendment

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With the new president-elect buried beneath controversy of alleged racism, homophobia, and recent vulgarity toward women, Americans are divided on the outcome of this year’s presidential election.

One group that has been singled out by Trump’s political agenda is females. A widespread stigma emerged that Donald Trump has zero regard for women, nonexistent respect, and certainly no concern over the equality between the two genders.

Montclair State’s following of the election has brought protests to campus with a majority of opposing views, which have already lead to in-class arguments, breakdowns, and a surge of visits to the counseling and psychological services.

Organizations, companies and families are rejecting imperative changes Trump has suggested pertaining to proclamations such as discontinuing funding for Planned Parenthood, Mike Pence’s statement saying environmental issues are not present and climate change “does not exist,” as well as deporting all illegal immigrants and building a wall along the border of Mexico to lower the number of people who get into the United States without the proper paperwork.

A senior at Montclair State, Audrey Dingler, who is an active feminist pursuing her degree in communications with a concentration in public relations comments on the effect Trump’s victory may have on women in America, “One of the scary realities of Trump’s presidency is the likelihood of Roe vs. Wade being overturned. His current plan includes nominating anti-abortion justices to the Supreme Court, starting with a nominee to replace Antonin Scalia. Donald Trump’s opinion on abortion stands as such: abortions should be limited with exceptions for rape, incest, or health of the mother. Donald Trump believes I shouldn’t have a right to my body unless I’ve been assaulted, traumatized, or violated. There’s also a likely chance Planned Parenthood will be defunded, meaning women will have extremely limited or little no access to health care specifically for women who may be at risk for ovarian, breast, cervical, uterine, vulvar, or vaginal cancer.”

Violence is another one of the countless headlines surfacing during Trump’s campaign that has brought talk of potential feuds with other countries, especially because of the current state of unrest American citizens are in. With rallies getting out of hand, arrests, brutal beatings and Hillary out of the equation, equality for women is seemingly traveling back in time as far as progress for women and equivalence is concerned.

A few weeks before the election took place, women voters who are pro-Trump started protesting with signs that called to “real the 19th amendment.” Some women of America are actually calling for the government to take away a woman’s right to vote.

According to Dingler, women in this country are “miseducat[ed], “Honestly, I find this issue baffling. What a privilege it must be to want your government to take your rights away.”

Fe Reyes, a senior English major, reacts to the, now, infamous and still scandalous recordings with little faith reflected upon women as a group, “When I listened to the 2005 audio tape of the Trump bragging about assaulting women, initially I was appalled. But then I realized that my sentiments towards him are a double whammy because I’m no longer surprised at how appalled I get. Scratch that, triple whammy, because most of his supporters didn’t bat an eye. Somehow their main defenses of, ‘He’s a multi-billionaire businessman. What do you expect?’ and my favorite, ‘Wait… but I’ve talked about women like that too.’ seemed to think that they were helping.”

Reyes had an ironic reaction to parallel the beliefs of Trump who recently proved his blatant disrespect for females. Must we bring back what Trump was recorded saying in 2005 about “grabbing women by the p****?”

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