I remember singing “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)” by the Eurythmics while swinging during recess at the wee-age of six. Even at that tender age I saw Annie Lennox as the strong, independent woman. She was a short-haired, androgynous rock star who embodied a self-confidence that I found awe-inspiring.
Lennox is no stranger to fighting for women’s rights, just like many from her generation. This fact makes Trump’s win even more puzzling. Obviously, women of Lennox’s age voted for the Butterscotch Bill Cosby – a point that is extremely perplexing when one considers they have surely experienced in their lifetimes the disrespect and oppression doled out by men like Trump. Hell, all generations of women have experienced it, but it was certainly less closeted in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Lennox, however, sees a silver-lining in the Talking Yam’s rhetoric and rise to power.
She said in an interview with Channel 4 News:
In a weird kind of way that event that happened actually catalysed the issue for a lot of girls and women in a particular way that became very strong.
All of a sudden there were a lot of people putting on pink pussy hats and saying no.
It actually became very real for them, because when someone says ‘It’s just locker room talk’, actually don’t we think it’s time that we should address that, particularly if they’re the leading representative of one of the biggest, most influential countries in the world?
So that made women very angry, that made the issue very clear for them.
But actually what we’re saying is that the issue is huge. Looking at the developing world, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
So there’s so much more to address. We’ve been banging this drum for a long, long time. I welcome anybody that comes here, men and women.
So in a funny way, the Donald Trump statement is almost helpful as a catalyst.
Unfortunately, Trump’s actions against women have also emboldened a whole slew of wannabe cavemen who long for the days of dragging women around by their hair.
We’ve still got our work cut out for us, but hopefully Lennox is correct and this catalyst will stir a whole bunch of younger men and women to continue this decades-long fight against the archaic blatant sexism embodied by Trump and his small-minded worshippers. Based upon their reaction to Lennox’s statement, this fight is not near finished.
Clearly these a-holes prove Annie Lennox’s point on why feminism is still very much an important fight for women.
Watch Annie Lennox speak about the rise of Trump, here: