Are women strik­ing back?

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - OPINION -

A spate of re­cent al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing crim­i­nal sex­ual mis­con­duct and ha­rass­ment con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the news and rep­u­ta­tions and ca­reers have been de­stroyed. Why now? Many of the re­ported in­ci­dents took place sev­eral years ago, even decades. Trump is get­ting blamed for an aw­ful lot of things, but his ac­tions and words may have trig­gered a resur­gence of the women’s move­ment. We should not for­get that Trump nar­rowly de­feated the first ever woman run­ning for pres­i­dent and his be­hav­iour to­wards Clin­ton dur­ing the cam­paign was not only deroga­tory, it showed a to­tal lack of re­spect.

Trump’s at­ti­tude in gen­eral to­wards women and his to­tal dis­re­gard for women’s rights and what he has tried to take away may even­tu­ally be­come his po­lit­i­cal un­do­ing. He may have awak­ened a sleep­ing gi­ant and he would do well to study the fol­low­ing line from Shake­speare; hell hath seen no fury as a woman scorned.

Women are wak­ing up to a new po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity: if you want to keep what you’ve gained over the past decades in re­gards to equal­ity, ac­cess and rights, you’d bet­ter be pre­pared to fight for those rights.

Trump’s di­vi­sive and de­ri­sive at­ti­tude, es­pe­cially to­wards women and mi­nori­ties may ex­plain a new at­ti­tude, a new­found courage to bat­tle in­jus­tice. Af­ter all, women do make up fifty per­cent of the voter base. Bill Bes Wood­stock

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