I've got a new piece up at Blue Nation Review on Donald Trump's horrendous objectification of his wife, Melania Trump, and Heidi Cruz, who is married to Ted Cruz, in his continuing public game of "my wife is hotter than yours."
Essentially, he is just saying, "my property is better than your property." He might as well have compared photos of their houses or cars. It's blatantly objectifying—and treating women as possessions is one of the most basic forms of misogyny.Read the rest here.
Lest you imagine that I'm attributing to Trump an attitude he does not hold, in his 2007 book Trump 101: The Way to Success, he wrote: "Beauty and elegance, whether in a woman, a building, or a work of art is not just superficial or something pretty to see."
Trump treats women, including his own wife, as a currency—the ownership of which confers status upon men. We are not our own people, valuable in our own right, but mere trinkets to be possessed by men, and used in their chauvinistic games of one-upmanship. I can't even with this guy.