Dear US Presidential Hopefuls,
This is a big year for the ole U.S. of A. In the throes of terrorism and inequality, Americans must now decide on a new leader to guide them through the next four years of, well, probably more terrorism and inequality. Americans expect their leader to chisel away at the issues that continue to plaque their pre-pot roast and apple pie news broadcasts with stories of oppression and grief, and they expect he or she to be a decent human being– one of whom respects the needs of all people and rectifies the chaos caused by poverty, corruption and injustice. Nowhere, not in American media nor in the many recent public debates, has there been a call to inspire and empower, two values absolutely necessary for the promotion of change and acceptance. Well, my dear politicians (and Donald Trump), that call is now:
Let there be a President who inspires and empowers.
Let there be a President who inspires peace and empowers peacemakers.
Let there be a President who inspires honesty and empowers those seeking answers.
Let there be a President who inspires acceptance and empowers those seeking safety.
Let there be a President who inspires the well endowed to assist the lowly and empowers the economically poor with programs of academic, cultural and ethical value.
Let there be a President that inspires the youth of the world and empowers young women to stand up for their rights and young men to respect the rights of young women.
The empowerment of women and the upholding of gender equality will only happen when society, with the help of the President, inspires their economically poor with creative and rehabilitation programs and empowers their young women by educating young men, regardless of economic status, to uphold values of peace, tolerance and respect.
The only issue addressed in recent debates relating to the needs of women is the need for equal pay for both men and women. Let it be known that it is without question that women deserve equal pay as men. Celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence have vocalized this need and certainly US Presidential-hopeful Hillary Clinton has made this issue a primary concern in her campaign. Let it also be known, however, that though this is indeed a cause that requires attention, there are also many other, more pressing problems regarding the inequality and oppression of women that remain unaddressed– and why?
Because they’re problems that happen in our unglamorous, lowest-income communities.
They’re complex, disturbing problems that are difficult to talk about, so society sweeps them under a tight-knit rug because to get down on our hands and knees and squeak them clean ourselves would be to challenge cultures plagued for decades by domineering men and destructive ideals– men tainted by improper education and ideals that devalue women in both the home and workplace. This violence must end.
Though these misogynistic cultures permeate all economic levels, their corrupt ideals are best upheld in poverty– not because being poor strips one of values, because that’s clearly very untrue, but because being without resources causes people to act in desperation. The majority of these acts of desperation involve violence (both verbal and physical) and are of the greatest consequence to young women.
From a pervasive, neatly swept rape culture to teenage pregnancy to possible abortion, from pornography to prostitution to possible human sex trafficking, from child abuse to domestic violence to possible death, violent acts against young women continue at a staggering rate in the wealthiest country on the planet, let alone the world. These, the simplest more pure forms of oppression, come together and form the building blocks, the cultural infrastructure society has demurely come to call ‘gender inequality’. Salary inequality is but a lofty top block to the violent cornerstones beneath. Destroy the infrastructure, destroy the oppressive culture.
Why aren’t we talking about this, Presidential hopefuls? Because it’s uncomfortable to address?
Let there be a President inspired and empowered to speak out.
Because it’s a “woman’s issue”?
Let there be a President inspired to empower equal accountability, for this is everyone’s issue.
Because it’s not as relevant as gun-control, immigration and the economy?
Let there be a President inspired to say that violence against women is a direct result of all of the above
–and may the women of the world be empowered, for their President is finally listening.
The Majority of the Population