Actually Don, there are people who respect women more than you do: Here are some examples
Of the many, many* outrageous claims made by the Donald Trump campaign this presidential election season, probably one of the most memorable was his claim during the second debate, that “nobody has more respect for women than I do”. (This in response to his own prior statement, in leaked audio obtained by the Washington post, and since corroborated by a veritable clowder of alleged victims, that he frequently grabs beautiful women by the pussy and starts kissing them without waiting for consent.) Presumably, his response was intended to be reassuring.
We at the Prole Star were concerned that women in general may not actually take all that much comfort in this idea, that the maximum possible respect they could expect from other people may be epitomised by the blatant misogyny of one orange-haired (alleged) serial sex offender. In our editorial following Mr Trump’s shocking - yet simultaneously entirely predictable - electoral victory on November 8th, we attempted to reassure women by asserting our strong belief that his claim that nobody respects women more than he does was not entirely truthful. In fact, we believe that there are a great many people who have demonstrated greater respect for women than Donald Trump.
For the first mensiversary of America’s disastrous presidential election, I’ve tried to put together a list of some of them. Naturally, this can only be a partial list. I am just one man, and this is just one space-time continuum, and there are only so many working hours available to even the most diligent of satirists. Even if I had the time to put together a full list of all the people with more respect for women than Donald Trump, you (not to mention your entire universe) would presumably have died long before you finished reading it. Instead then, let me just list some of the prominent people than whom Donald Trump may be considered worse on the issue of respecting women.
For starters, about half the global population is female, and, generally, women tend to have plenty of respect for women. Not all of them do, obviously. You do occasionally hear from the odd questionable individual of the female variety. Take American political commentator Ann Coulter, for example, who has argued against women’s right to vote, and criticised single women for wanting to be taken care of and provided for, looking “at the government as their husbands”. Or for an example a little closer to home, consider Church of England Synod member, and co-founder/CEO of Christian Concern, Andrea Williams, who has written repeatedly of her commitment to ending women’s right to choose, across the UK, and described abortion as “even more dangerous” than strokes, diabetes, and cancer. But generally speaking, I would argue women respect women more than Trump does. After all, how often do you hear women making comments quite like these?
A lot of people were outraged earlier this year when it was announced that Paul David Hewson, better known as Bono, would be the first man honoured at Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year” awards. Writing in the Guardian, Nell Frizzell denounced the decision, arguing that “I know the notion of what even constitutes ‘a woman’ is up for debate – and rightly so – but I think we can probably all agree that a cisgendered, self-identifying man is a fair way off the mark.”
It’s not as crazy as it sounds, though. As Philip DeFranco explains, “unlike a lot of the clickbait headlines, Bono was not crowned ‘Woman of the Year’, but he did receive a Glamour ‘Women of the Year’ award for ‘Best Man’.” Glamour themselves explained that while they haven’t previously named a Man of the Year, “on the grounds that men aren't exactly hurting for awards in this world… when a major male rock star who could do anything at all with his life decides to focus on the rights of women and girls worldwide… that’s worth celebrating.” They make the case that most women want and need men on their side, and commend Bono on his creation of the Poverty Is Sexist campaign, which specifically aims to help the poorest women in the world.
You can argue all you like about whether he deserves the award – Bono himself doubts it – but I suspect most of us would agree that “the battle for gender equality can’t be won unless men lead it along with women. We’re largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions” is a significantly more female-friendly message than "I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy… You can do anything”
3) Barack Obama
Donald Trump’s predecessor in the role of President of the Great North American Loony Bin that just elected Donald Trump, Mr Obama has shown greater respect for women throughout his career. For one thing, to my knowledge, there is not a single publicly available audio recording of Mr Obama’s bragging about sexually assaulting anybody. In these non-existent recordings, Mr Obama also doesn’t brag about cheating – or, attempting to cheat, at any rate – on his wife. That would be the wife whom he didn’t try to pressure into posing nude in Playboy. And not only has Mr Obama not done any of these things, he’s actually also done nice, respectful things, like fighting for equal pay, and improving their access to healthcare.
He spoke affectionately of his daughters, saying of the idea that his daughters wouldn’t have the same opportunities as somebody’s sons “well that’s unacceptable”. Donald Trump also speaks affectionately of his daughter, Ivanka, saying “she’s 6 feet tall; she’s got the best body” and that if she weren’t his daughter “perhaps I’d be dating her”. If anybody is in any doubt over who respects women more, the current President of the United States, or the new President-Elect, I’d argue they need only wake up watch this video comparing some of their respective statements.
4) David Cameron
A surprising entry at number four the Prole Star being an unashamedly left-leaning outlet. I don’t think anyone here would dispute that this man has committed terrible atrocities against women and men alike, presiding for six years over a government whose austerity programme has hit out time and time again at the poorest and most vulnerable in society. Needless to say, I’m definitely not a fan of Mr Cameron. Nonetheless, compared with Mr Trump, he does appear to have shown greater respect for women, as, at least to my knowledge, he has never been accused of sexually assaulting anything other than a pig.
And no, I’m not talking about Rosie O’Donnell, whom Mr Trump so respectfully declared “a fat pig”, or former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, whom Trump allegedly nicknamed “Miss Piggy”, in what he no doubt considers a “tremendous” display of respect. I’m talking about a literal farm animal, and Mr Cameron’s alleged victim would appear to have been dead at the time. (Not that any of this makes his behaviour acceptable, but it would be harder to classify these particular deviant sexual proclivities as misogynistic.)
5) Chris Evans & Jeremy Renner