This election Girl’s Club and Tramps Against Trump join forces in New York
It’s a pretty wild time to be alive. We’re only a couple of days away from knowing whether or not the American people will actually elect a fascist toupée with a thing for recreational sexual assault and a horrifying natal chart as their 45th president. Although it may weirdly feel like we’ve gone all 1933 Weimar Republic for a minute, it’s 2016, and when the stakes are this high, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.
No one knows this more than Jessica Rabbit. We talked to the Brooklyn-based activist about Her Tramps Against Trump initiative, an American offshoot of the Canadian movement Sluts Against Harper, and as the election draws ever nearer She had this to say.
“All these political tensions and racial tensions in America are rising,” She explains. “Donald Trump is the definition of American capitalism [and] embodies that imaginary American dream, [where] women are in the way, or Mexicans, or immigrants. None of those people are in the way. It's the broken system that doesn't allow space for mobility.”
Recent crises like the clash at Standing Rock have illustrated that the rights of historically marginalized groups are appallingly far from receiving the respect and attention they deserve by governmental institutions and the people in charge of them.
“America is fucked up!” says Jessica Rabbit. “We have this . . . man running for president and his racist, bigoted, misogynistic, hateful words [could be] translated into law. We have Hillary in the middle embodying this white feminism . . . The violence she’s produced internationally under the Obama administration — she's been on the wrong side of every historical moment.”
This is no ordinary election. This is not your standard Democrat-vs.-Republican polling station deliberation, and every American who treats it as such will be doing a grave disservice to their country and to the principles of democracy it is founded upon. If you planned to vote for a third-party candidate, we urge you to save it for the next election. Every pen that will hover over ballot bubbles on November 8 is a loudspeaker and a weapon. The grim reality is that every vote not cast for the only person who has a chance of ousting Trump from candidacy is a vote for Donald Trump.
“Our options are just so bizarre,” She says. America is really broken . . . That's so scary to me and so unsettling. Where am I?”
You can be present. You can help as Tramps Against Trump, Sluts Against Harper, Girl’s Club and Goth Shakira partner in New York to ensure that someone who has proved that he has no respect for women and their bodies never gets to govern over them. “Trump has notoriously used women's bodies as accessories or the butt of his jokes,” explains Sluts Against Harper founder Jessica Simps. “We are willing to place our bodies in his line of fire, using our physical presence as a form of agency, not accessory.
“There may be nothing more terrifying to Trump and his campaign than women who he cannot shame for their bodies, because it is our belief in the validity of our bodies that feeds our power.”