By Susannah Hutcheson, Regular ContributorSeptember 3, 2015
Donald Trump- one of the main contenders for the Republican nomination for President of the United States- made news again with another unnecessary comment about women. In an interview with the New York Times, Trump stated that
“Heidi Klum- sadly, she’s no longer a 10.”
This comment follows many other comments Trump has made about women, all equally misogynistic and demeaning, in the name of ‘political incorrectness.’ Here’s a few of his worst ones:
After Megyn Kelly repeatedly called Trump out on his outright sexist comments towards women, he responded that she was a ‘bimbo’ before his comment that blood was coming out of her ‘wherever.’
This fun tweet about the very real problem of sexual assault in the military:
“26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put
men & women together?” 6:04 PM - 7 May 2013 (@realDonaldTrump)
In 2011, a lawyer with Trump in the courtroom asked to be excused to breastfeed. He called her disgusting.
Trump has repeatedly made it clear that he doesn’t respect women who aren’t tall, thin, and stereotypically beautiful. He has made horribly disparaging comments about how women can only make it in the world off of their own sex appeal, and has time and time again reduced women to their looks. During the Republican debate, Trump made reference to Rosie O’Donnell as a fat pig. As the cameras spun around the room, the floor was full of laughter- a large percentage of it coming from women. At the same time, Trump is winning the polls with women voters. Why? Why are we trying to give even a semblance of power to a man with no respect for us? Why aren’t we, as women, standing up for each other- regardless of our political parties? Trump’s remarks have nothing to do with political correctness- and everything to do with the spread of rape culture, sexism, and male chauvinism.
In response to Trump’s comments about her looks, Heidi Klum posted a video of a man in a Donald Trump mask sneaking up behind her and holding up a sign that said “9.99” instead of 10. Klum said, ““But really, the whole entire situation about women is not really funny, you know to put a number on a woman, especially women.
We juggle so many things and I feel that, you know, women who support their families, who have children, who make their lunches, drive them all over the place, work at the same time, I mean, we do so many things, so in my book, every woman is a 10.”
image via thefix.nine.msn.com
She ends the video with a smirk and a shrug- showing, in a badass and beauty-full way, that she can’t let Trump’s opinion shake her. Klum did ask, like we all did, “Personally, I have no idea what I have to do with the election. Why do I come into play with this election? Like that doesn’t make sense to me to be honest with you.”
True that, Heidi. True that. Now, let’s join together as women and promote healthy media, sexual assault awareness, beauty standards. Let’s stop putting power in the hands of people that should not have it. We are people, too. And we’re pretty badass.
How are you a perfect 10.0? How can we rid of the rating system? Tell us below!
Susannah is a Journalism major, passionate about social justice and Jesus Christ. She loves cold weather, triple-shot lattes, and macaroni and cheese. When she’s not writing papers or baking cookies, you can find her Googling random things on the Internet or watching large amounts of reality television. You can read her ramblings at ileftamessinthekitchen.wordpress.com, or look at pictures of her coffee on Instagram: @susannah.beth.
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