my fears became president

Republished from Hannah Petersen's original blogpost, with her permission

I am incredibly privileged. I am a white, heterosexual American citizen, and my family has never went without resources. I attend a four year university, and I plan on continuing my education in law school, because I grew up being told I could be anything I want.

I am privileged, and because of that, I don’t have much to be afraid of. But last night, the few fears I do have, all came true. 

Last night, everything that scares me suddenly became president.

Donald Trump represents the men that make me uncomfortable at the gym, the group of guys I avoid when I walk through campus at night, and the boy at a party that asked to walk me “home”.

He’s the guy that got irritated when I wouldn’t sleep with him, the one who told me it was a shame my face wasn’t as pretty as my body, and the men who knew their fraternity brother preyed on women, but did nothing about it.

He’s the men that tried to grab my arm on my late night run, the guys who laugh at conversations about diversity, and the people who judge and threaten my friends who identify as members of the LGBTQ community.

He’s the older version of the guy who took advantage of the fact that I had been drinking. The man who smiled as I fled the room.

As I said earlier, I’m incredibly privileged and the majority of the policies Trump advocated for won’t affect me. But his presence, his unapologetic nature, his blatant disrespect for women and those different than him are grounds for a cultural shift. They are grounds for the things that I’m scared of to spread, to become more normalized, to be encouraged.

So please don’t tell me to get over it, to accept it and move on. This is scary and it hurts. But I’ll be damned if I let my sisters, my friends, the ones I love fall victim to a shift in culture that threatens their safety.

Sure, Trump is now president, but don’t tell me to sit back and accept that. Accepting this man only normalizes racism, classism, homophobia and rape culture. No, I won’t accept it. Instead I’m going to work my ass off to show the world these aggressions are wrong. I’m going to stand up for those who will be affected by this man.

I am scared, but I won’t be complacent.