John Kerry needs to learn you can insult Trump without misogyny, please and thanks
During an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, John Kerry made a very misguided comparison between Donald Trump and teenage girls. Now, people across the internet are informing Kerry that teenage girls are, in fact, strong, smart, powerful forces – and they shouldn’t be lumped into the same category as Trump, thank you very much.
Kerry delivered a harsh critique of the president on Friday night. “He really is the rare combination of an 8-year-old boy — he’s got the immaturity of an 8-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl,” the former Massachusetts senator said. Alright, so, there’s a lot of problems there. Kerry is more than welcome to offer criticism about Trump (seriously go for it), but that doesn’t mean he should drag an entire demographic along with him.
Has he met a teenage girl recently? Most of them have certainly never screamed about their hand size and people leading witch hunts against them.
The Twitterverse quickly stood up for girls everywhere and noted that Kerry had just made a very blanket, generalized statement.
Many pointed out all of the decidedly confident things they did as a teenage girl, including performing an interpretive dance about global warming in front of the entire school (which is just about as cool and badass as you can get).
When I was a teenage girl, I survived multiple traumatic instances, was student body pres, starred in multiple musicals, sang/played piano at elderly centers and hospitals, etc etc… teenage girls can be quite awesome. https://t.co/QeO40zBHud
— chlo (@ChloeKepner) September 16, 2018
Would anyone who has known me for longer than 15 minutes please tell John Kerry how fast I could swim the 100 meter butterfly when I was a teenage girl. Because I was 🔥🔥🔥 and I knew. https://t.co/Lw2ayPFnF6
— Liv Stratman (@livrstrat) September 16, 2018
When I was a teenage girl I stood on a stage in front of my entire school and did an interpretive dance about global warming. https://t.co/FxvD7pHxWp
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) September 16, 2018
When I was a teenage girl I decided to direct a play by an Asian woman featuring 5 Asian girls on the stage of my high school because I was sick of me and my friends getting bitty parts. I was perhaps way more confident/powerful than I am now. We can insult Tr*mp w/o misogyny https://t.co/wllsKLKnXF
— Seonjae Kim (@jaethisway) September 16, 2018
I see what John Kerry was trying to do here but as a teenager I was actually extremely secure and had a strong sense of self. So, walk away from me with your sexist nonsense. https://t.co/gRTn8xaj5E
— Melanopolis (@melanied333) September 16, 2018
Others noted that there are far more fitting comparisons to be made. In the excellent words of Twitter user AMoskaluk: “No…@JohnKerry he has the insecurity of an impotent, egomaniac white male.”
— Tyler Arroz (@TylerArroz) September 16, 2018
Insult him for who he is, a vile straight white man. Why do you have to call him a girl to insult him? https://t.co/351VwwKJBa
— Silaba (@anabiyeni) September 16, 2018
— M.H. (@AmaniNaUpendo) September 16, 2018
Also, Twitter user Casey Rand rightly added that if teenage girls are insecure its only because of the way that men and society as a whole treats them.
“Teenage girls are insecure because their bodily rights are constantly treated like bargaining chips by a handful of sexual assaulters who face no consequences and are instead promoted to the highest ranks of power,” she wrote. “What’s Trump’s excuse?”
So, basically, the moral of this story is that young women should be celebrated for their creativity, boldness, kindness, and bravery. The president should be criticized for being a 72-year-old man with a deeply fragile ego.
“Don’t insult teenaged girls,” Twitter user @deliciousalex wrote. “They put up with violence, abuse, sexism, racism, lack of power + gaslighting while this joke of a ‘president’ was born with a gold-plated-spoon in his mouth, born on 3rd base + acts like he hit a triple.”