January is always a month that is stressful for students. You soon realise that you did absolutely no work over Christmas and that you have numerous imminent essays and exams that make up an unnervingly large proportion of your degree. As well as that, there are housing arrangements to sort out for the next academic year, a new timetable to get used to, and, to top it all off, the dreaded concept of New Year’s Resolutions. However, be reassured, it could always be worse. Look at it this way – Donal Trump hasn’t destroyed the world (yet).
As a newly elected Charities Officer of Exeter’s Feminist Society (Penryn Campus) I feel the need to talk about the incredible Women’s Marches that occurred over last weekend. I am a firm believer in democracy and completely advocate the promotion of human rights so I am so proud (and jealous) of the millions that turned up on Saturday 21st to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. Frankly, Trump’s behaviour is vile and it is outrageous that he has been given so much power and privilege, however, he was elected, (though hopefully that says more about the failings of the American electoral system than the voters).
I am a firm believer in democracy and completely advocate the promotion of human rights
Nonetheless, just like the UK’s vote on Brexit, America’s presidential election result was exceedingly frustrating. Blatant sexism, racism, islamophobia and homophobia was expressed and covered in the media and millions of people seemed to agree with Trump and his messages of prejudice and hatred. Some people’s opinions certainly need to change.