To President Trump:
Read my lips.
Read my lips not to admire and to man-handle, not to sexualize and patronize, but to listen to what this woman is telling you now. Over the course of your campaign and presidency, I’ve heard many statements haphazardly thrown out of your lips, and I want you to know that these words have weight. They sting, they anger, and they burden us.
“It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees”
“Unattractive inside and out”
“Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that?”
These words don’t just affect the individuals you directed them towards, but they’re heard and they affect mothers, grandmothers, college students, middle school girls, and women in all stages of their lives. We hear you and this 19 year-old Korean-American woman will not stand for it. As the President, your words have an added weight and influence, an influence that you seem to take lightly.
Your words perpetuate the belief that women’s looks define them and that our bodies are “up for grabs”. I want to ask you, what will young girls come to believe about being a woman in the United States and about themselves with a President who consistently sexualizes, demeans and invalidates them? Who has called female leaders unintelligent, incapable, and disgusting? Who perpetuates the idea that sexual assault is just something to "expect when [you] put men and women together", and that no matter how intelligent, capable, and experienced women are, that physical beauty should be on top of our resume.
So, I ask you to understand why this campaign is so necessary and why so many women from all different backgrounds and experiences are speaking out. I stand for the women who have worked to give me the rights that I now own as a luxury, for the women who have raised me, for the women who have built me up, who have inspired me, and who have challenged me to thrive. I stand against policies that limit women’s healthcare access and resources, and I expect President Trump to ensure that issues such as sexual assault are given the attention and gravity that they require. I stand in support of and in love for other women, and I encourage others that no matter your political views to use your influence to empower and to support #ReadMyLips in writing a message to the White House.
So, I urge you President Trump, to read my lips. Because I seek to build up and not to tear down.
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