Talking about the Donald Trump government without mentioning the feminist revolution or the #MeToo and #TimeIsUp movements is nearly impossible.
The former U.S. president inaugurated his term with the country’s streets flooded by women in pink, in a symbolic declaration of war against his gender violence and misogyny record.
For those of us who have been part of this revolution for years, for the Republican candidate to have won the election after the leaked audio of him saying he could do whatever he wanted to women was a slap in the face.
However, and as someone who tries to see the glass half full, Trump was the contrast dye for a cancer that was soon exposed to radiation therapy: gender violence as the norm in the U.S.
From Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace to collateral movements like #ChurchToo, the cry that Tarana Burke seemed to have thrown into the void on Myspace in 2006 was now a battle song in the streets of the entire country — and the world.
With the president’s impeachment (which many seem to have forgotten already) and a pandemic that further exposed the incidence of domestic violence in every home in the country, Trump’s defeat in the presidential election only makes us imagine what the future holds for the feminist movement.
For, while the United States makes the front pages of every newspaper, the feminist struggle is on the streets of the world, from Mexico to Poland, where the tail end of U.S. populism has been the air under the wings of other governments with the same autocratic flirtation.
“Global feminism is like a tangle of cables, intertwined in complex knots. Those cables bind us to one another, transmitting our struggles in fractions of seconds,” wrote Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett in her column for The Guardian.
For her, the struggle of Polish, Irish, and Mexican women “is also our struggle,” a battle to be recognized as fully human.
However, despite the weariness and the struggle against the tide, Trump remained president, and men like Brett Kavanaugh sat on the country’s highest court, despite having raped a woman.
Only weeks ago, we learned of the number of women forcibly sterilized at an ICE detention center in Georgia, and it seems that calling us “feminists” is still a matter of mockery.
So what’s the next step?
For Cosslett, it’s a process of reflection and a continuing struggle.
“Once Trump is kicked out of office, the fight is by no means over. We will not suddenly wake up in a feminist utopia, and Trump is not the only male politician to have done harm to women,” she adds, warning of those wolves disguised in sheep’s’ clothing that abound in the political scenarios Trump is no longer part of.
“This period of history has not been easy,” Cosslett concludes. “It has dredged up feelings and will continue to do so. Exhaustion, liberation, and jubilation will all be felt in that man’s sorry wake. We will all take a moment to breathe and reflect on how this period has galvanized and mobilized us. And then: we fight on.”