About That Melania Meme

Posted on December 17, 2020


There’s this meme making the rounds right now:

Image may contain: text that says 'We spent four years ignoring the fact that Melania Trump posed nude δΈ€ rather salaciously, in fact while Biden isn't even president yet and they're going after his wife for being too educated.'

–and it’s fucked up.

The comment about Melania is misogynistic because it relies on sex shaming and body shaming.

Everybody needs to shut up about her nude photos forever. She has said and done enough fucked up shit that harms others that we needn’t result to perpetuating Puritanical misogynist mores.

Guess what?

One can address a misogynistic attack on Dr. Jill Biden without employing another form of misogyny.

Just call out the bullshit of erasing a woman’s academic and professional achievements for what it is! Attack the argument that is weak AF, and point out all the Dr. misters who hold degrees outside of medicine and use their titles. It’s that simple.

If defending one woman from a misogynistic attack requires you to engage in a misogynistic attack on another woman, it’s not going to be as helpful as you might hope. Think again.

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