Can we resist Trump without fat shaming each other?
Despite millions of British people signing petitions to reject him, Donald Trump, sleazy reality TV bully and US President, is coming to the UK.
He’s darkening our shores so as to hustle and schmooze, to facilitate exploitative trading, to strengthen opportunities for expanding perpetual war, and to generally perform in the service of his cronies’ murderous global rackets, not to mention his own poisonous brand of domination by spite. We, the UK communities, are preparing to show our solidarity with all people oppressed under his vicious policies, by coming out on to the streets en masse to oppose him. We will fly our Trump Baby high, march in great numbers, bang pots where he tries to sleep and take myriad creative direct actions to sabotage his visit. He will face a loud and robust condemnation from across the UK. This is appropriate and useful resistance.
…And no to anyone who is worried about it, he won’t enjoy the attention, he’ll hate it. And no, we shouldn’t ignore him or turn our backs on him. He’s coming in an attempt to build legitimacy, and our loud protest helps to delegitimise him and his global standing. To paraphrase/misquote American activist witch Starhawk: we will flip the ritual. He will attempt to use the visit to shore up his power, and we will turn that attention, energy and propagandism against him through showing that the majority of people here despise him and his inhuman politics. We will resist HIS free movement aggressively in large numbers, just as we applaud those in history who took clear stances in the face of oppressive leaders.
A little bit of theory of change framing there, for anyone who likes that sort of thing. (Get back, ye liberals: Nae to ignoring the rise of fascism.) Now for the light that comes with the dark; how we say yes to what we want while we say no to what we do not:
When we build ourselves up AS we attack our enemies, we grow in strength. Our politics must be ‘prefigurative’ meaning we create the world we need as we tear the old world down. We put what is right in the place of what is wrong. On this point, I have a comment and request, and it’s to do with nourishing our own communities and each other as we resist. A small but very important deployment of prefiguration with regards to Trump relates to body shame.
I’m sick of seeing crude comments/art pieces etc. about his appearance. Trump is not bad because he is fat. Just as many beautiful and powerful fat people in our communities are not bad. The size of Trump’s hands, and as is implied – his penis, does not matter. Penises and hands of all sizes are equally worthy of love. The problem with Trump is that he is a sex offender, a racist and promoter of hate groups, a capitalist pig in the extreme, a psychopath with a global position, a climate denier and on and on.
The actual real problems with Trump go on for longer than this blog has space. I should think that you can describe them in greater and more awful detail than I. Trump is a horror. But being a person whose body does not fit the social prescription is not, and conflating the two plays into toxic masculinity and patriarchal normativity, and hurts people we would wish to lift up. When you’re making your banners, leave the small hands and fat’n’ugly imagery out of it. It’s beneath us a resistance and frankly we can come up with better.
So yes! All out to Stop Trump! And let’s talk about the issues that matter, and not make ourselves feel like shit through spreading body shame as we do it. Let’s celebrate diversity and the fact that not everybody looks like a conventional pageant contestant applying to a competition acquired by Trump in order to exercise predation.
We are not him. We have strength in diversity. Fuck Trump. Solidarity.
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