5 Major Challenges for the Feminist Movement Now That There's an Unabashed Misogynist in the White House
Trying to contemplate the future of feminism with a brazen misogynist in the oval office is a mind-bending experience. The questions it raises, about the possibility of women's advancement as well as the state of humanity in the year 2017, are virtually endless. "The 51%," a new television series named after the percentage of college-educated white women who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, aims to offer a few answers.
Here are five major challenges for feminists its interviewees have identified:
1. No outlet for those who feel their worldview "shaken."
Misogyny across ethno-nationalist populist groups has been embraced by voters fearing "gender difference, sexual orientation, [and even] the idea that there could be more than two genders," says Anne Marie Goetz. "This triggers pretty serious reactions."
"The ushering in of feminism really was to speak to the most privileged group of women," PanAfrican professor Medina Abdulla told France 24. Abdulla is one of three women who co-founded the Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles.
"We believe in lifting from the bottom," she added.
3. The UN may be unable to offer much in the way of support.
"The new Secretary General AntÃ³nio Guterreshas has so far... put women's rights at the top of his agenda," observes Goetz. "However, the UN's capability in promoting women's rights is going to be damaged significantly if the Trump Administration carries through on its threats of cutting funding."
4. Fifty-three percent of white women voted for Trump.
Goetz calls the statistic "very worrying," and continues to ask how so many could find Trump's message "more appealing than one of equality and justice."
5. The Trump administration is organized in scary ways.
"Even before [Trump] took office, [his otherwise highly disorganized] transition team... took the trouble of writing to the State Department to ask who was working on women's rights" among other questions "that clearly indicated a concern about this area," Goetz tells France 24.