Reviews | Women will save us

Men are beasts of burden.

Not all of us, of course, but male culture is ordered by hierarchies of power, the top being the alpha. It can be toxic and problematic, thoughtless and tribal, but it is also deeply embedded in our society and resistant to modification.

The pack mentality is particularly prevalent in politics, where even principled men drift towards centers of gravity.

Donald Trump has come to power and continues to pose a threat to this country, posing as an alpha male and exploiting the pack behavior of politicians, especially the most powerful male Republicans.

Nothing illustrates the behavior of the pack better than the immediate aftermath of the uprising: some Republicans briefly turned on Trump and blamed him, believing him hurt and weakened by the episode. But, when he seemed to survive there, they quickly, obsequiously, fell back in line, tails tucked.

The Capitol men and the man in the street exhibit pack behavior.

A few months ago, at a gym in Brooklyn, I overheard a group of friends talking loudly about politics. Two were white and one was black.

The two white men bragged about Trump, how much they loved his bravado. Even though there were downsides, they were overcome by this one positive attribute. The black man chimed in with comments about Trump’s racism, but the two white men dodged it and dismissed it. They wanted to focus on his strength and power.

This is why I have come to believe fully and religiously that if this county is to be saved, it will be the women who will save.

The compelling testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson on Tuesday only strengthened my conviction. She did what so many men around the president refused to do: she spoke up in the service of truth and the country.

That’s not to say there haven’t been men who have acted heroically in the face of recent threats to the country, but women have truly stood out, which is even more remarkable in politics, which is still today. dominated by men today.

There were the brave women who came forward with sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, even as they were attacked and vilified. I don’t want to forget to mention Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.

There was Nancy Pelosi, who held the line as best she could when Republicans held a majority, and accelerated an aggressive liberal agenda when Democrats regained a majority.

She also oversaw not one, but two impeachment votes against Trump, the first on charges of soliciting foreign interference in the 2016 election, and the second on allegations of inciting the January 6 insurrection.

In fact, in 2020, no group of voters voted more strongly to oust Trump than black women. In fact, regardless of race, more women voted to get rid of Trump than men, although a majority of white women still voted for him.

Then there’s this point: America will regret the day it didn’t elect Hillary Clinton president in 2016. There was a vacant seat on the Supreme Court when people were voting, and that still didn’t motivate enough Democrats to run. the polls or convince enough undecided voters to support it.

Of course, there were overlapping factors in this cycle — Russian interference, the media’s lopsided treatment of Clinton and Trump, Anthony Weiner’s laptop, and James Comey’s outrageous 11th hour – but sexism was also one of them.

We now have a Supreme Court ready to usher us into an age of regression. But even there, women should be noted. When Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in Thursday, the entire liberal branch of the court will be female. They may not be able to blunt the decisions of the theocratic majority, but this trio of women will compose the dissents, lay out the moral argument, and lay the groundwork for future courts more inclined to repair the damage caused by it. this.

The change could begin as early as this fall, if enough women, pissed off by the Dobbs decision, go to the polls to punish Republicans for putting them in that position.

It is conventional wisdom that parties in power lose seats mid-term, but in this cycle many women in this country are mad about the loss of their civil rights and therefore may challenge this conventional wisdom.

In two generic congressional polls taken in the days following the court’s decision in Dobbs, Democrats held a significant lead over Republicans. There are still months before the election, but this observation is interesting and must be destabilizing for the Republicans.

In the meantime, it is women like Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush who are pushing for an aggressive response to the abortion decision, while President Biden follows his institutionalist instincts.

We just feel right now that women, more than men, have a clear idea of ​​the danger we face and the courage it takes to fight it.


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