Alan Kaufman

Trump’s War On Women

I think it’s pretty clear that the powers-that-be don’t want a Woman to serve as President of the United States.

Is it any wonder that Hillary Clinton’s fast-gaining opponent, Donald Trump, is someone whose gruesome violation of the dignity of Women has not impaired his chance to be elected? Or that the FBI chose as their ‘October Surprise’ emails connected to Anthony J. Weiner, a notorious predator of Women?

This election is not about privilege versus penury or about some alleged ideological divide: it is about gender. It is men and their subordinated female chattels telling proud, strong, capable women: The one thing we will never allow in is a Woman to govern us.

If this is not a wake-up call to the actual war-like conditions for Women in America, I don’t know what is. Here, despite feel-good propaganda to the contrary, Women remain less than second class citizens, targets for homicide, battering and rape.

It is a war whose lethality staggers the imagination.

An Oct. 1, 2014 story in the Associated Press quotes activist Gloria Steinem as saying: “When we think of violence against women, for instance, we understandably think mainly of other countries, where the degree of violence is much higher. But what is also true is that if you added up all the women who have been murdered by their husbands or boyfriends since 9/11, and then you add up all the Americans who were killed by 9/11 or in Afghanistan and Iraq, more women were killed by their husbands or boyfriends.”

In the U.S, according to the American Medical Association, the number of Women killed every five years in family violence is greater than the number of soldiers who died in Vietnam.

According to a 2013 study by the Violence Policy Center, 1,615 females were murdered that year by males in single victim/single offender incidents. Nationwide, 94 percent of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent were wives or other intimate acquaintances of their killers.”

In 2008 nationwide survey by the U.S. Department of Justice, over half a million violent crimes were perpetrated against women in 2007, including rape, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault.

“Females” the survey reports “are generally murdered by people they know.”

In a study adjustment for The Justice Department James A. Fox, a Northeastern University criminology professor found that in unsolved homicide cases believed to be linked to intimate partners the number of women killed by intimate partners was 15,462.

In 2013 the U.S. Bureau of Justice reported 10,470 women killed in intimate partner homicides from 2002 to 2012.

And now, into this arena of violence and slaughter enters Donald J. Trump, a man accused multiple times of rape and sexual assault, who proudly boasts of his grabbing of female genitalia, who publicly belittles Women’s bodies, whose well-documented public sexualization of his own daughter, Ivanka, exceeds all known boundaries of father-daughter decorum.

A vote for Hillary Clinton could change the situation, not only domestically but globally. She can send, legislatively and diplomatically, a powerful message that a tide has been turned in the war against Women.

But America’s daughters, and those of the World, have only horror to look forward to if Hillary Clinton’s opponent wins. For a message will have been delivered that in the most powerful nation on Earth we prefer a violator of Women to rule us. And then, although to a great extent it already is, it will truly be open season on Women everywhere.


Alan Kaufman is the author of the memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel and a novel, Matches.  His most recent book is The Outlaw Bible of American Art.


About the Author
Alan Kaufman is an American-Israeli novelist and memoirist. His latest novel, The Berlin Woman, has just been published by Mandel Vilar Press. His other books include the novels Matches (Little Brown) the memoirs Jew Boy (Cornell University Press) and Drunken Angel (Viva Editions).