What should we make of Stephen Bannon, newly-appointed future-Trump-administration leader? One minute he’s protecting his daughters from the menace that is having to attend school with Jewish classmates, the next, why, it’s like he doesn’t care about the ladies at all!
It can seem almost quaint to think that once, when liberals feared the GOP, we concerned ourselves with things like reproductive rights, as versus OMG IMPENDING FASCISM. But the thing with Trump is, we don’t really know whether he’ll be as fascist as we fear (although I’m team I think he’ll be quite fascist). We know how frightened many are, including but hardly limited to American Jews.
After months of hearing about how patriarchy and misogyny were driving Trump’s popularity, it sure was odd to learn that millions of women voted for him anyway. I was among the startled, even though I guess no one should have been surprised – of course women who usually vote Republican won’t suddenly say, hmm, this Hillary Clinton seems delightful.
Hadley Freeman, a writer everyone should read (and a Jewish woman!), made a really key point about the election in a recent Guardian column: