As this is my 100th post and Little Miss OMG still doesn’t sleep at reasonable hours I started a look back over 2 years and 99 posts of blogging in the wee small hours last night.
I got distracted by snow (I’m a big kid at heart, and I was looking forward to seeing Little Miss OMG out in the snow for the first time!) and then tiredness so saved it to finish this morning.
Then I turned on the radio and there was more talk about the incoming POTUS, and the circus that he generates, and I decided to write this post instead.
As my 4 regular readers will know, I was born to Irish parents in England, adopted by Americans and lived in England till I moved to Ireland aged 30.
There are times I’ve wished that I had gone with them to the US when they returned there just after my 18th birthday. The thought of having an American and British passport had been appealing.
Today though I’m actually quite pleased it was something I didn’t do! As had I gone I would still be there now, a naturalised American.
Since Little Miss OMG was born I’ve spent many a night pondering gender issues and stereotyping. I’ve written some posts around these subjects.
The whole reason for starting the blog was because I was terrified at the thought of having a girl, as I covered in my very first post all those months ago.
The reason I’m happy today that I didn’t make the move and become a US Citizen is simply because of Trump, the man who in 7 days time will be sworn in as the next President of one of the most powerful nations on the planet.
Now it’s not him personally. Although I can find many reasons to dislike him on a personal level, it is what having a man like him will do for women and girls in the US I am worried about.
As with all developed nations there is a large lower class of poorly educated people living in the US. This is the section of America that Trump has galvanised with his talk of “Making America Great Again”
These people who may have had no interest in politics, believed that they were forgotten by previous Presidents and the political class. Now take an interest. This is a good thing, you’d think. Not in this case!
The issue I have is that a country that already has a problem with rape on college campuses. Where a rape victim is portrayed as being at fault because she was drunk, and the rich rapist as being a good kid who did what anyone would have done. Has now elected a man who these people will look up to. A man who has been recorded talking about “grabbing a woman’s pussy”
This type of person will now look to The President as an example, and what sort of example is he! Certainly not one I want my son’s to grow up admiring!
What sort of country are the young women of America going to live in for the next four, maybe even Eight years! The effects of his time in office will ripple down through the generations for many a year to come.
I for one am pleased that I live in Ireland. We are not perfect here in regards to equality. But are improving.
Any country that can go from having to get condoms on prescription, Yes you read that right! in the 80’s to being the First to vote for same sex marriage just 30 years later is heading the right way.
So I am glad this is where my daughter will grow up.