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Statement by Feminist Scholars on the Election of Donald Trump as President of the United States

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, a sizeable minority of the U.S. electorate chose to
send billionaire Donald Trump, an avowed sexist and an unrepentant racist, who
has spent nearly forty years antagonizing vulnerable people, to the White House.
Spewing hatred at women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and those with
disabilities is Trump’s most consistent, and well-documented form of public
engagement. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women because, as he
quipped, his celebrity made it easy for him to do so. The political shift we are
witnessing, including the appointment of open bigots to the president-elect’s
cabinet, reaffirms the structural disposability and systemic disregard for every
person who is not white, male, straight, cisgender, able-bodied, and middle or upper
As a community of feminist scholars, activists and artists, we affirm that the time to
act is now. We cannot endure four years of a Trump presidency without a plan. We
must protect reproductive justice, fight for Black lives, defend the rights of LGBTQIA
people, disrupt the displacement of indigenous people and the stealing of their
resources, advocate and provide safe havens for the undocumented, stridently reject
Islamophobia, and oppose the acceleration of neoliberal policies that divert
resources to the top 1% and abandon those at the bottom of the economic
hierarchy. We must also denounce militarization at home and abroad, and climate
change denial that threatens to destroy the entire planet.
We must also reject calls to compromise, to understand, or to collaborate. We
cannot and will not comply. Our number one priority is to resist. We must resist the
instantiation of autocracy. We must resist this perversion of democracy. We must
refuse spin and challenge any narratives that seek to call this moment “democracy
at work.” This is not democracy; this is the rise of a 21st century U.S. version of
fascism. We must name it, so we can both confront and defeat it. The most
vulnerable, both here and abroad, cannot afford for us to equivocate or remain
silent. The threats posed by settler colonialism and empire around the globe have
never been more real, nor has our resolve to oppose these injustices ever been
stronger. Concretely, within the U.S., we oppose the building of a wall along the U.S.
– Mexico border, and the establishment of a registry for Muslim residents.
We owe this moment and the communities we fight for our very best thinking,
teaching, and organizing. We must find creative solutions to address the immediate
needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days of Trump’s
presidency. We must push ourselves into new, and more precise and radical
analytical frameworks that can help us to articulate the stakes of this moment.
The most important thing we can do in this moment is to make an unqualified
commitment to those on the margins through our actions, insist that the media be
allowed to do its job; and protect the right to protest and dissent. We recognize
clearly that our silence will not protect us. Silence, in the aftermath of 11/8 is not
merely a lack of words; it is a profound inertia of liberatory thought and praxis. So
what are we waiting for? We are who we are waiting for. We pledge to stand and
fight, with fierce resolve, for the values and principles we believe in and the people
we love.
This statement was signed by over 10,000 scholars, artists and activists. Please go to
www.feministscholarstatement.com for a full list of names.
(Note: Institutional and organizational affiliations are listed for purposes of identification only and do
not represent endorsement of this statement by said institutions.)