As we watch Trump (and the Republican Party) implode since the release of the tape of him gloating over sexual assault, how about a shout-out to some of the millions of women (and some men) who've put themselves in the line of fire to make powerful men's entitlement to women's bodies an unacceptable claim?
In no particular order:
- Planned Parenthood workers: who literally put themselves in the line of fire to ensure women receive basic health services.
- Nafissatou Diallo: New York City hotel maid who dared charge the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, with rape. Sure, she turned out to want to make what cash she could out to the encounter, but hey, she needed the money and Strauss-Kahn, being smarter than Trump, was willing to pay up to avoid having his sexual exploits dragged out in court.
- Brock Turner's accuser who blew out the injustice system's circuits by demanding that a Stanford swimmer should suffer for "20 minutes of action" for humping a passed out female stranger. Let's also remember the two male Swedish student passersby who interrupted Mr. Turner's little party.
- Feminist bloggers who struggled to make a place for women's perspectives in a tech environment full of entitled creeps; and, like Jessica Valenti, Lindy West, Jamia Wilson and many more have been worn down by the hate spewed at them.
- Then there's Gamergate, a Twitter and social media kerfuffle in 2014, during which the deplorables on the alt-right web tried to drive women such as video game developers Zoë Quinn and Brianna Wu out of their cozy electronic man cave. Sexual shaming was their means; solidarity was the only defense.
- Hey, remember the crap my friend Renee Bracey Sherman takes every day for campaigning for women to be able to have safe, affordable abortions without guilt.
- For that matter, remember the crap Anita Hill took for calling out her boss, that would be silent Justice Thomas, for "sexual harassment". Her courage gave us language with which we talk about this stuff. Before her, sexual harassment was just what men in power did.