Musings, Opinion / April 26, 2017

To the Good and Righteous People of the Internet Who are Offended By the P-Word… But, You Know… Only When Women Say It:

The below video is making the rounds on my social media feeds today.  It illustrates with indignation, as the most graphic and publicized celebrity quotes from last weekend’s Women’s March are replayed with captions, that “our children are watching” and ends with a pointed question:

“What message does that send?”

(Credit: Washington Free Beacon)

Mimicking Hillary Clinton’s (in)famous Role Models campaign ad, the video’s point is well taken; there are certainly ways to champion a cause without resorting to profane language or sexually explicit imagery.

But the video doesn’t tell the whole story.

The Women’s March did not happen in a vacuum, and moral commentary on the March that ignores all of the events leading up to it is woefully incomplete.

“Our children are watching”?

Yes, they are.

Our children were also watching when Donald Trump said one offensive and profane statement after another, many of which were directed toward women and minorities, during his presidential campaign.

Our children were also watching when half the nation decided they didn’t care and elected him to hold the highest office in the land.

What message does that send?

No, really. What message does it send that a vast portion of the population is more offended by random female entertainers shouting profanities than they were by a man running to be the leader of the free world bragging about grabbing women by their vaginas without consent and then downplaying and normalizing it as “just locker room talk”?

To anyone who ignored that, who so easily brushed it aside – how dare you now criticize women for using that same vulgar language under the pretense of protecting our children?

To the mothers and fathers out there – will you have the same moral indifference when it’s your daughter or son who is violated and disrespected – made to feel less than – by someone in a position of power?

That’s the thing about righteous indignation; when you choose to exercise your morals only when they align with your political objectives and allies, you are the height of hypocrisy.

Yes, our children were watching then, and they’re watching now.




Megan Hughes

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