Alabama Senate Race is Neck-and-Redneck

Looks like half the people of Alabama think sexually harassing and assaulting women and children is no big whoop. Despite multiple women’s tearful on-the-record allegations and the fact that District Attorney Roy Moore was literally banned from an Alabama mall for being creepy and lecherous, half the voters in the state choose to support this gun-toting, calling-girls-out-of-trig, lying lawbreaker for Senate.

If Alabama’s evangelical Christians elect Roy Moore to the Senate, they can kiss any claim to decency goodbye. They can also kiss my ass.

It’s been over 40 years since I was sexually abused as a child. It’s been over 50 years since my birth mother endured a sexual assault culminating in aforementioned child. I tried to move on. It seems my biological mother did her best to move on. But speaking for myself, it can be a real challenge to move on when the country has not.

21st century? Whatever. The election of the nation’s Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief told me that we still live in an era where women either aren’t believed or aren’t valued, or more likely, both. Where the unborn matter more than those who’ve been born, and where women’s rights to their own bodies, autonomy, and choice of sexual partner matters less than men’s random randiness. I live in a country where our government feels it’s more important to use tax payer dollars to protect politicians’ boners than its citizens. It’s a world where pot-bellied conservatives and limousine liberals are equally likely to publicly profess respect for women while simultaneously subjecting them to their monumentally unappealing dongs behind closed doors.

Every time I hear Roy Moore or not-my-Donald call their victims liars (and in Trump’s case, too “ugly” to molest), something in me flinches. But every time I hear a citizen drawl their support for a man who unabashedly sexually assaults young women, something in me cries. And maybe even dies.

It’s like being kicked in the face. It’s like being abused all over again. Because it’s like not mattering all over again.

Sexual harassment is in the news, and maybe this is a watershed moment.  But as long as our President sits in the Oval Office, and Alabamans want a man like Roy Moore to represent them in the Senate, I remain cynical.

America, look in the mirror. Do you like what you see?

 

 

Dixie Laite - Dame Town Writer

Author: Dixie Laite

I'm Dixie Laite -- a writer, speaker, and branding consultant in New York City. For over 40 years I've been a bullshit-slaying, classic movies-obsessing, animal-loving dame. For over 40 years I have been working on figuring out how to be a woman. Some of it I nailed, a lot of it I'm still trying to get a handle on. Let's figure this shit out together!

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