Women Hold Up Signs With Donald Trump's Most Sexist Quotes
There is at least one positive aspect of Trump's blatant misogyny, however. He has made it clear sexism is alive and well and women still have barriers to overcome.
Trump's comments bring to life the sexism that is often hidden under layers by more deft politicians. When he said women who get abortions should be punished, for instance, he was simply saying out loud the logical conclusion of the anti-choice stance.
Sexist comments have a real impact. Even if Trump does not actually win the presidency, his nasty rhetoric sets a wave of discrimination in motion. Trump hurts the individuals he attacks, but he also hurts the women who hear the attacks.
He reinforces damaging stereotypes, allowing other people to think and repeat his discrimination. This then allows people to act using sexist reasoning -- seeing women only as decorative objects, to be valued completely based on their outward appearance.
This extends beyond sexism, of course. Trump's Islamophobia and racism have these same dangerous effects.
We asked Elite Daily women to hold signs with real comments Trump has made about women because the story of Trump's sexism isn't about Trump -- it's about the women hurt and held back by it.