#RepealThe19th: The call for second-class citizenry

Imagine waking up one day in February, 1920, with no idea how you got there or how to get back to the present you know and love. Alcohol is banned, heat comes from a coal furnace, and democracy is dead (or rather, has yet to be born).

Since time travel has yet to be created, this might not seem so scary right now. For those of us on college campuses, alcohol is abundant and flowing, and for how much we are paying, the heating should be better than a coal furnace.

But some of the things that once horrified us about the early 20th century may not be so absurd now, given the current American political climate. Yes, creepy clowns running around is certainly frightening, but the scariest national trend right now is #RepealThe19th.

For those of you #blessed enough to have missed this hashtag, the short version is that some Trump supporters have decided that 50 percent of the population should legally become second-class citizens once again.

The longer version is that FiveThirtyEight released two electoral maps last week, one showing the expected electoral breakdown of the November election if only men voted, and the other if only women voted. Unsurprisingly, Hillary Clinton would win by a large margin if just women voted, whereas Donald Trump would win if only men voted, although the win for Clinton would be more substantial.

via FiveThirtyEight

via FiveThirtyEight

While some simply thought the story was an interesting tidbit about gender and politics or about the candidates’ appeals, others saw it a little differently: as proof that women should not vote. Trump supporters started tweeting #RepealThe19th, referring to the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in this country.

To the men of this country, to the women who tweeted along the lines of, “I’d give up my vote to make Trump happen,” to all the people who think Trump’s presidency is some big joke or that joking about the 19th amendment is funny: this is not okay.

Apparently, the fact that the vast majority of women in this country will not vote for Trump means that women in this country are too wrong to be allowed the right to vote. This goes a step beyond “I disagree with you, so you are wrong” to “you disagreeing with me should be punished” territory.

Some of the tweets were pretty bad, especially considering that not all of them came from men.

@emmaroller men should never have given women the right to vote #RepealThe19th

— Haunted Holly 🔥✝️🔥 (@HollyAnswers) October 11, 2016

I would be willing to give up my right to vote to make this happen #repealthe19thhttps://t.co/vndQu9dKFP

— CT Christian 4 Trump (@PrayHealourland) October 12, 2016

However, many people took to Twitter to, in simplest terms, tell these Trump supporters that their idea is garbage.

When you see people who wish to #RepealThe19th all over your mentions and remember that you get to crush their hopes in November. pic.twitter.com/kn5TUcvlwu

— Marybeth Glenn (@MBGlenn) October 13, 2016

Imagine being so completely frightened by empowered women that you’d destroy our democracy just to spite them. Cowards.#RepealThe19th

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) October 13, 2016

To the men of this country, to the women who tweeted along the lines of, “I’d give up my vote to make Trump happen,” to all the people who think Trump’s presidency is some big joke or that joking about the 19th amendment is funny: this is not okay.

It is not okay because it perpetuates the idea that men are right and women are wrong. It is not okay because it further suggests that this world needs to be man versus woman. It is not okay because stripping people’s rights is not a joke. It is not okay because women are people.

And before anyone proudly says, “I’m against this because I have a [wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, etc.],” you don’t stand for equality because you know a woman. My value relies zero percent on my relationship to you. My rights are my rights whether you have a daughter or not. Men without many close female relatives should still take issue with attacks on women because that is the right thing to do. You don’t respect my right to be human because you know people who are like me. You respect my right to be human simply because I am.

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 10.19.16.
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