The First Lady Michelle Obama gave an impassioned and inspirational speech yesterday (October 13th) regarding sexual assault and the current language being used in the election.
Speaking in New Hampshire, Obama spoke about how recent discussions had “shaken me to my core.”
Opening up about how on Tuesday (October 11th) she had been celebrating the International Day of the Girl and Let Girls Learn, Obama told how she wanted to instil a sense in young women that they deserved to be treated with respect and dignity, something that the current political rhetoric of one presidential candidate didn’t permit.
Michelle Obama went on to say that this sort of rhetoric encourages a dangerous conversation and legitimization of rape culture.
You can read Michelle Obama’s full speech here.
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Michelle Obama’s speech is so, so, so important. As she said, there’s been an outpouring of hateful and dangerous language about women being used in the run up to the presidential election.
While she didn’t name any names during the 30-minute speech, Obama’s message about the impact that these sorts of comments being made by powerful figures like, say Donald Trump, have on people and how they legitimise misogyny, sexism, rape culture, and negative attitudes towards women.
Likewise, as she said, this isn’t just another headline, normal or “politics as usual.” No woman deserves to be abused in any way shape or form, whether verbally or physically, and any conversations that endorses that behaviour is never okay.