The Slut Shaming of Melania Trump

Donald Trump is campaigning to be the Republican candidate for President of the Untied States. The fact that we have devolved as a nation to the point that a reality television personality with multiple bankruptcies under his belt who openly spews racist garbage and makes fun of disabled people is a serious contender for the GOP ticket makes me want to barf, but that is not what this blog post is about. This blog post is about the slut shaming attacks on his third wife, Melania Trump.

At first, the memes regarding or Melania Trump that were traveling along the social media highways  were relatively mild, in that they were highlighting the hypocrisy of those who attacked Michelle Obama as not classy enough to be FLOTUS. Nonetheless, they were still attempting to slut shame Melania Trump for her audacity to have posed in sexy, unclad photos during the course of her work as a model.

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The posts quickly went downhill from there.

Even when the posts stayed well within the range of decrying political hypocrisy, they were still being aimed at (literally) the body of Melina Trump.

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Note that Melania Trump is being slut shamed not because of her theoretical sexual activity … but because she posed for risqué and nude photos during her career as a model. The act of having a culturally-approved level of beauty and being sexy (as culture demands) is enough to shame her as a slut.  Moreover, she is being torn down as a person, and her accomplishments ignored (she speaks five languages fluently), in an attempt to humiliate Donald Trump for marrying a slut.

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Her sluttiness is proof of his degradation … because real men wouldn’t marry someone who posed nude?

Although the people and sites passing this meme around are from the left, and thus presumed to be feminist or feminist friendly, the sire song of slut shaming is too powerful to resist. There is a frequent attempt to deny slut shaming, with the disclaimer “This meme is to point out the double standard and hypocrisy of the GOP. Not meant to be shaming of Mrs Trump, she has the right to do as she pleases, just pointing out the hypocrisy”. Nevertheless, the attacks on Donald Trumps candidacy and his GOP supporters are being framed by the slut shaming of Melania Trump.

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Her woman’s body, and her sluttiness in revealing that feminine body, are presented as disqualifiers for Donald Trumps fitness as POTUS because he was low enough to have married a woman who has not been chaste or modest in her dress or career. She is slut shamed as a reflection on HIS honor.

There is some argument that if the sexual history of Hillary Clinton’s husband is a topic used to criticizing her candidacy, then the Melina Trump’s ‘moral’ conduct is open to critique as well.

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This is, however, not a comparable issue. While I agree that Bill Clinton’s adultery has no bearing whatsoever on Hillary Clinton’s ability to govern the nation, neither does Melina Trump’s earlier career decision to reveal her body effect Donald Trump’s ability to govern the nation. There are a plethora of things that demonstrate Donald Trump is unfit to be POTUS, but the fact his wife has nipples is not one of those things.

To make matters worse, Melina Trump is being compared/contrasted to powerful who have not been photographed topless as a method of proving her unworthiness to be FLOTUS. She is not only fit to be FLOTUS, she is mocked because she, unlike Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, is not the first and only spouse of the the man running for office.

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While I could tenuously understand Donald Trump’s multiple marriages to be held up as hypocritical in a man pandering to the Evangelical vote, how does that have any bearing on Melina Trump’s ability to be FLOTUS? Obviously, the intent of the meme is to cast Melina Trump as a cheap bimbo – the younger woman – whose only fit purpose is slutty arm-candy for an old man who couldn’t keep it in his pants.

Nor is Melina Trump getting any support from the right during these attacks. The right wing could EASILY use the left wing’s defense of Sandra Fluke or the Slut Walk to 1) defend Melania Trump’s right to her own body and 2) the hypocrisy of leftist slut shaming. Instead, the ‘joke’ is just that Donald Trump married himself a hot slut, and Melania will be the first Whore of the US.

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The implication is, “So he married a hot piece of ass; boys will be boys about their girl-toys. She’s a slut, but real men do enjoy poking sluts, bless their hearts.”

As I point out in The Jezebel Effect, slut shaming is a timeworn tactic regarding women in politics:

… look at what Hillary Clinton has endured. There has not only been the garden variety sexism, wherein Clinton’s body is mocked as fat and she is called the ball-busting bitchy lesbian spawn of Satan; there has also been slut shaming nearly beyond belief. If you Google her name, you’ll see the word slut has been used in tandem with the words “Hillary Clinton” an inordinate amount of times for a woman who was never caught-out in any sort of sexual transgression. NRA spokesman and washed-up one-hit wonder Ted Nugent said of Hillary Clinton, “This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro” (Gertz, 2012). Considering that Ted Nugent admitted that he defecated in his pants for days in order to avoid the draft for the anti-communism Viet Nam War (Read, 2013), his accusations of Hillary Clinton’s communist sympathies ring hollow. Nugent’s fellow draft dodger, Rush Limbaugh, declared that Hillary Clinton was the “Sex-retary of State” (Strasser, 2012). It’s not just middle-aged male drug abusers clinging desperately to their place in the sun that have slut shamed Hillary Clinton, either. The female Air America radio host Randi Rhodes was suspended for calling Hillary Clinton “a big fucking whore” (Huffington Post, 2008). Moreover, if one should choose wade into the far right blogosphere, one will quickly discover that “whore” and “slut” are some of the milder sexualized terms being used to denigrate Clinton. Not her political ideology, mind you, which is fair game. No. Those sexual slurs are slut shaming Hillary Clinton as a person, not a politician. The vitriol spewed on Clinton, accusations that include the words “slut” or “whore” in them, surpass the political and go straight into slut shaming attempts to get her to go back to her proper place. The people who claim they want her to shut her legs are actually the ones who want her to shut her mouth …

Conservative female leaders may be the target of sexism more often than slut shaming, but it still occurs. A Greek journalist called German chancellor Angela Merkel a “dirty Berlin slut” (Phelan, 2012). While I vehemently disagree with the German policy of austerity and can understand why a Greek would be livid, calling Merkel a slut is beyond politics; his comments planted a flag deep in the heartland of misogyny. There has never been as much as a whiff of sexual impropriety about Angela Merkel during her tenure as chancellor. She was slut shamed solely because someone disagreed with her use of her political power, which is independent of any one man’s support …

Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin reports that she has been called a “Manila whore” and worse by leftist opponents (Malkin, 2012). Ed Shultz called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” (The Washington Post, 2011). Political comedian Bill Maher called female politicians Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin “two bimbos” (Joyella, 2011) and much worse. A commenter on the website for news magazine Liberals Unite called Anne Coulter a “slut puppet” (Fischer, 2014). These left-wing attacks on right-wing women make two things crystal clear. The first is that misogyny still runs amok on both sides of the political aisle, and the second is that being called a slut obviously has little to do with sexual activity …

There are many, MANY reasons Donald Trump is unworthy to be POTUS … but the fact his third wife posed nude and semi-nude during her modeling career isn’t one of them.

 

 

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19 thoughts on “The Slut Shaming of Melania Trump


  1. I like this, the way it equates Bill Clinton’s predatory sexcapades with Melania Trump’s racy modeling. Both should be morally objectionable in the same way, and to the same degree, by any moral code whatsoever.


    1. A trophy wife is literally a whore; she’s a high priced whore, but a whore all the same!


  2. Your a dumbass. She posed nude in pictures. Your candidate is so hideous that her husband doesn’t even want her. She looks like the dark lord. Imagine that naked….my eyes just burned out. So obviously your some hideous twit as well. Because as humans we sleep with people usually for free regardless of 1 night stand or 2 week relationship. But at some point give it up. She profited from it. Great for her. If you look like that why not get paid… I can think of a lot worse she could of done. Like write this shit smash piece you called an article.


    1. First, it’s “you’re a dumbass”. Secondly, the post was a defense of Mrs. Trump’s right to pose nude or partially nude without being shamed for it. You missed the point of this post in a spectacular fashion. Avoid my books, sweetie. They’ve got big words in them and you’d no doubt misread them as well.


  3. Hello Kyra,
    I do understand the point of your article, but I think you lack mentioning the larger issues to better emphasize your point. Politics is a dirty game and those who want to play will always involve their family. The idea of “fair play” got lost sometime back when man (and woman) invented fire. Truth is, while most politicians strive to be honorable people (notably exempt from this assertion is Mr Trump) their supporters on either side of the split rarely are. What these memes are? Dirty bombs made by terrorists; the extremists on both sides. Unless you would like to make the argument that Rush and good ole’ Teddy aren’t raving lunatics? Even more evidence the world sucks…. People actually listen, agree, and implicitly support these raving lunatics. Sorry, tangential… My point is, this is just one weapon in an otherwise full bag of dirty tricks. Ever see the e-mails floating around false stories from false news sources? I get forwarded these all the times. The senders, intelligent people (mostly), never bother to do even smallest bit of research. Another weapon.. And so on and so forth. I would love to fix all of these, but Rocinante is at the vet. Good article, got me thinking…. 🙂
    Ron


  4. Trump wife can teach the foreign heads and Americans how to masturbat by her porn . She has no college degree and her speaking voice is like a dumb retarded Person voice . Trump trying to pass his Bi – sexual wife as a Firt Lady . I hope her nude photos goes viral at the Republicans platform for Trump . 💣🔪🔫


  5. Trump wife has no college degree either , so who are you talking to trump base supporter ‘s . Trump wife spread the engle and showed her silicone tits for money . The only thing Trump thrid wife can show any one is how to ” F ” for money with women . The truth hurts you so called trump voters . I hope her nude pictures goes viral , so people can form their own objective opinions not your . 💣🔪🔪🔪🔪🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫


  6. We are not slut-shaming Melania Drumpf. She did that to herself by posing nude, and showing the entire world that she is nothing but cheap common low class white trash. As Mammy in Gone With The Wind said, you can dress a mule in horse harness, but he is still a mule.


  7. Hmmm … so Bill Clinton’s affair at one point in time is equall to that clown cheating on his second wife with a hooker (not to mention 3 … 3 … yes no less than 3 marriages … mistakes happen but are you saying that the two other women were both mistakes???!!!) and then constantly making hateful and degrading comments on women and how he’d rape every single one of’em (as if he could even if he wanted to!) ?
    And uhum uhum … the candidate was Hilary Clinton NOT Bill … while in the other corner Trump himself is messed up to the core and don’t even get me started on his “wife”!
    R.I.G.G.E.D as in people getting “bought”… no way I’d believe any sane person choosing that orange thing over Hilary (yeah, she had faults herself but she still believes in everyone’s rights and has a general sense of respect for everyone and she was the ONLY option to make the world a better place) and now not even god knows what everyone will go through in the next 4 years with someone who hates (and eventually harms) women, black-skinned people, mexicans, immigrants, democrats, muslims, homosexuals, transgendered persons, feminists, jews, bisexuals, anyone outside the US and even the group he’s representing, republicans and has no respect for international law, agreements or even other countries.

    Thanks America, you just ruined the only country that almost achieved equality for all human beings!


  8. Hey guess what, Melania is first lady elect . Get over it . If I looked like that I would be proud too!


    1. If you looked like that you, too, could sell yourself to the highest bidder, which is exactly what Melania did. She’s a whore; there’s no two ways about it. A whore exchanges sexual favors for money. A trophy wife is just an expensive whore.


  9. A person who exchanges sexual favors for money is a whore by definition. A trophy wife is just an expensive whore. All of you idiots who voted for trump must be so proud! A whore will soon be America’s “first lady”! I guess if you’re stupid enough to believe that Trump is qualified to run this country, admiring a whore is just the next step.


  10. Definition of whore. 1 : a woman who engages in sexual acts for money : prostitute; also : a promiscuous or immoral woman. Huh, sure looks like this is exactly what Our Future Illegitimate First “Lady” (not sure Trumptard’s wife quaifies for the term “lady). We have a saying, Melania, in this country.. “if the shoe fits…”


  11. First ladies are supposed to set an example for our little girls and young women like Hillary and Michelle did teaching them how to use your brain and your voice ! The only thing trump’s wife can teach young females is how to sell your pussy to the highest bidder even if he is old enough to be her father gross!!!!!!!

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