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Oct 4, 2018 16 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
“Women for Trump” aka Footsoldiers of the Patriarchy
These “Women for Trump”:
- Who indoctrinated them?
- Who taught them to submit to men?
- Why are they so brainwashed?
- Should I save them?
For decades, I’ve been asked by white people:
- What is wrong with Muslim women?
- Why do they put up with all that patriarchy and misogyny?
And here I am asking the same about these “Women for Trump” who are the 53% of white American women voters who voted for him.
Imagine if these “Women for Trump” were Muslim women. Imagine the headlines that would be written. Imagine the tsk-tsking about Muslim women who submit to oppression, vote against their own interests, etc etc
I’ve written lots about patriarchy & misogyny in my cultural & faith background & I’ve never asked anyone to “save us.” No one saves you. You save yourself.When - always a white - woman at my events asks me “what can I do to help women in the Middle East”I say”Nothing.Fight here”
It’s always easier for - always white - women to wonder how to help women “over there”than to ask how to fight for women “over here.”White patriarchs love to play “You should be grateful to live in America. It’s shit over there for women.” Yeah, it’s shit “over here” too, Mr. Man
It was esp rich when a white woman in Texas asked me “How can I help women in Egypt?” Ha! I reminded her how awful it is for women in Texas. Woman sitting next to her reminded her how awful Texas was re militarism & Christian fundamentalism.
God, guns, white men: that’s what’s indoctrinated these white women & because they’re white it’s not seen as indoctrination it’s considered “normal,” the default, “how things are.” While their equivalents in Muslim/other backgrounds are “abnormal” “brainwashed” and pathologized
A white woman in Midwest once asked my sister-in-law (an OBGYN physician who wears a headscarf) “Does your husband make you wear that?” pointing to her headscarf. Total fucking stranger in the supermarket. This Midwest state is full of white women Trump voters. Ah irony!
And so my sister-in-law has her answer ready now: “Does your husband make you vote for Trump?” My sister-in-law takes shit from no one, especially these white women Trump supporters.
And I promise you TwitterLand, much like the instant experts on Islam & Mideast who after a week in the region write books explaining us to ourselves, I shall write my book explaining white women to themselves. After 18 years in the USA, I’ve earned it.
To clarify: I am not pitting women vs women. We are all oppressed by patriarchy but some women accept crumbs from that patriarchy in return for becoming its footsoldiers. Nothing protects you from patriarchy. Stay out of my way. Patriarchy is my target.
Those “Women for Trump” have accepted the benefits of white supremacy in return for being footsoldiers of patriarchy. They hurts us all. #MakePatriarchyFearYou
My sister just alerted me to the Bette Mildler fuckery. White women: JUST STOP. The above is part of my daily lectures to get you to STOP this fuckery.

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- Defy, disobey and disrupt white supremacy and patriarchy at every turn
- Make them fear you
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To white American women who’ll spend today saying:
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Once again: white women never missing a chance to be footsoldiers of patriarchy:
Believe Blasey Ford: 46%
Believe Kavanaugh: 43%
- Quinnipiac University poll
h/t @Jteisele
Believe Blasey Ford:
Black people polled: 83%
Hispanic people polled: 66%
White people polled: 40%
The rot of white patriarchy:
White men
Believe Blasey Ford: 33%
Believe Kavanaugh: 57%
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