"Respect Is"

“Grab them by the p***y”
Is that all women are to the president?
Something to be groped and violated?

“All of that was done for the purpose of entertainment”
Is that all women are?
Mocking them for
your own perverted amusement
To respect women, is to mock women

“It’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things”
Is that how men are expected to talk?
Like animals who can violate women
Like its normal

“When you’re a star, they let you do it”
Is that how he views women?
As shallow creatures
Willing to do anything because he is a star

“Just Kiss. I don’t even wait.”
Does he truly believe this is okay?
Why does the rest of the country believe this is okay?
This is not okay
But the election makes everyone believe it is

“There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do”
Is this his idea of respect?
Sexually assaulting multiple women
Then boasting about it on TV
Respect is not this.

“Grab them by the p***y.
All of that was done for the purpose of entertainment.
It’s locker room talk, and it's one of those things.
When you’re a star, they let you do it.
Just kiss. I don’t even wait.
There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do.”

This is our president
A man who sexually assaults women
And is praised for it by half the country
Respect is not this.

This is our president
A man who gloats about sexually assaulting women
And is forgiven for it
Respect is not this.

This is our president.
A man who does not ask for permission
Before laying his lips on a woman
And is forgiven for it
Respect is not this.

Time and time again
Trump has gloated his sexual assault of women
And then issues an insincere apology
And if forgiven by the majority of the country
Respect is not this.

Is this what America is?
Allowing women to be sexually assaulted.
Allowing men to slide,
Just this once,
But then time and time again
Who allowed the country to allow this?

This poem is about: 
My country

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