This insane election cycle has no doubt left a permanent impression on everyone. But while articles typically focus on the impact it’s having on those of us who can cast ballots in November, a New York Magazine piece published this week shows how jarring the rise of Donald Trump has been to one of America’s most susceptible groups: teenage girls.
Sixteen 13-year-old girls spoke with the magazine, divulging their fears and anxieties over the possibility of a Trump presidency. They also explained what it would mean for them as young women to witness the United States finally elect its first female president.
These girls may barely be teens, but that’s not stopping them from challenging Trump supporters to rethink electing, as one young woman put it, “a sexist, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, anti-choice, ignorant moron.”
Here are six incredible takeaways about Donald Trump’s impact on the next generation, straight from the mouths of babes.
1. They’re horrified by his treatment of women.
One of the most common themes that form these young women is a deep sense of fear over what Trump’s candidacy would mean for gender dynamics moving forward. Eighth-grader Proof Schubert Reed said she’s scared a Trump presidency would validate the “day-to-day” sexism she already experiences.
“I feel scared that the males in my life subconsciously agree with Trump and see me only as a sexual item, not an…