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Ivy League panel: 'Womanism in the Age of Trump'

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Women from across the country gathered in the nation's capital to protest on the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Jan. 21. Organizers of the Women's March on Washington have said the Trump administration poses a direct threat to women's rights. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Princeton University brought three of the Women’s March organizers together for a discussion titled, “Silence Will Not Protect You: Womanism in the Age of Trump.” Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Carmen Perez shared their experiences as march organizers and as feminists.

The university-sponsored event treated the Trump administration as if it were a nonstop horror show of sexism that dawned on Jan. 20, 2017. They treat Trump as a unique evil, though they did not pinpoint anything the president has actually done that erodes women’s rights.

During the discussion, Mallory explained that she regularly confronts people who did not attend the march. “I asked often, ‘Where were you [at the time of the march]?’ I don’t believe that people can organize without being honest about the fact that they were not there, that they have not been engaged in this.” Evidently, if you didn’t march, you’ll be taking a guilt trip.

Sarsour, the biggest name at the event, is also the most controversial. She’s a Palestinian activist who openly supports Sharia Law. The panel’s moderator, Ruha Benjamin, never asked Sarsour an obvious question: How does she reconcile her feminism with her belief that women should be treated as property. Of course, Benjamin — like every other liberal who interviews Sarsour — was far too "woke" to ask the question.

The panel did not include a single conservative woman, because in the Left’s fantasy world, conservative women rarely exist and hardly ever matter. Instead, a conservative woman is only an obstacle to their narrative, which claims Trump is anti-woman.

Being a woman during the Trump administration is hardly different than being a woman under any other recent administration, but the Women’s March organizers could never admit this. Without outrage, they become irrelevant. So, they discussed their anger as a given, never explaining why they’re angry. They never mentioned what rights women have lost under Trump (perhaps because there are none). Trump is guilty of “locker room talk,” but not one of his policies have hurt American women.

If anything, the status of women has greatly improved – albeit painfully – in the past several weeks. Women are going public with their stories of sexual assault by powerful men. This epidemic is far larger than one man and far larger than one party. The dam burst, and now we’re drowning in stories of sexual abuse by men in Hollywood and in government.

When a woman outs a man as an abuser, an assaulter, a harasser, she also runs against a deeply ingrained establishment that kept “open secrets” about these people. Trump ran against a political establishment, against the customs of the Swamp, and, of course against political correctness. If anything, he has changed the culture from one of silence to one of unbridled exposure. Silence might not protect women from Trump, but only because women need no such protection.

Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) writes about politics, media, ethics, and culture. She holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Georgetown University and has appeared on "On the Record with Greta van Susteren" as well as "Cavuto: Coast to Coast."