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11 things feminists should brace themselves for if Donald Trump wins

Lizzy Hill is an internationally published writer, into writing about arts and entertainment, food and drink, feminism and her own misadventures. With a background in film and television production, journalism and visual arts, Lizzy's in...

Trump's track record on women's issues should concern us all

We can joke as much as we want (and share ridiculous memes on Facebook), but with the election a little more than a month away, we're living in a world where it's totally possible that Donald Trump could become president. As Trump and Clinton are gearing up for their first presidential debate, they seem to be neck-and-neck. The most recent Washington Post poll shows Clinton beating Trump by a hair, at 46 percent to 44 percent among likely voters.

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From telling women they're "fat pigs" to demanding Planned Parenthood stop doing abortions, Trump is a far cry from a candidate with a progressive stance on women's issues. Here's what feminists need to brace themselves for if Trump wins the election:

1. Trump's lack of concern for victims of sexual assault

Before he ran for president, Donald Trump expressed an alarmingly sexist "boys will be boys" attitude about sexual assault. In 2013, he tweeted about the rising number of reported sexual assaults in the military, saying "What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?" Ugh.

2. Trump's anti-abortion stance

Trump recently vowed to axe federal funding if Planned Parenthood didn't stop providing abortions: "I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent. I don't know what percentage it is," he said at a debate in Texas on Thursday. "But I would defund it, because I'm pro-life." Here's the thing, though: Planned Parenthood doesn't even get any federal funding for abortions because the Hyde Amendment, a dated piece of legislation that should be scrapped, only permits federal funding for abortions performed when women were raped, in cases of incest and where a mother's life is at risk. Trump clearly needs a primer on both reproductive justice and how federal funding works.

3. Glorifying the mistreatment of women

In a 1992 New York magazine feature on Trump, he candidly shared his sexist views on women. "You have to treat 'em like shit," said Trump. And we should expect no less from Trump if elected president this year. In the same article, Trump reportedly boasts about dumping an entire bottle of wine down journalist Marie Brenner’s back after she wrote an article about him that he didn't like. Not exactly presidential behavior.

4. The belief that having an attractive wife will win public opinion

In a 1991 Esquire interview, Trump made a comment that suggested he felt having a youthful, sexually attractive wife could solve any PR problem: "You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass." Let's see how long that attitude works out for him.

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5. The culture of sexism Trump cultivates

In April, Trump came under fire for retweeting a comment that equated a woman's power with her ability to sexually satisfy a man. On Twitter, Trump retweeted user @mplefty67’s comment: “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” Trump deleted this retweet, claiming that one of his staffers had sent it in error. Regardless of whether or not that's true, who wants a president who generates a work environment where it would even be fathomable that retweeting such a disgustingly sexist tweet might be a smart move?

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