AOC discusses misogyny and sexual assault in new interview


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about the impacts of misogyny in America, from her personal experience of sexual assault to the reversal of Roe vs. Wadein a new interview with QG. The 32-year-old MP, known as AOC, also reflected on the January 6 riot and the power of protest – and how it all shaped her work and her vision for the future, since taking office in 2019.

As a woman of color, Ocasio-Cortez already understood how racism and misogyny can affect the lives of marginalized people in America, but her stint in the U.S. House of Representatives brought to light just how much these issues are. of society are ubiquitous. « My experience here has given me a front row seat to seeing how deeply and subconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women, » she said. QG. « And they hate women of color. »

These thoughts may relate to her personal trauma and encounter with violence, including when she was sexually assaulted by someone she was dating, « a pivotal event in the trajectory that led me to come forward. in the elections,” she revealed.

Even if the AOC has become the « political voice of a generation », as QG she says, she admits that she too feels quite overwhelmed by, well, everything. “People ask me questions about the future. And realistically, I can’t even tell you if I’ll be alive in September,” she said. “And that weighs heavily on me. And it’s not just the right. Misogyny transcends political ideology: left, right, center. This grip of patriarchy affects us all, not just women; men, as I mentioned before, but also, ideologically, there is an extraordinary lack of self-awareness in so many places.

The Jan. 6 riot, in which a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building after President Biden’s election victory, also shook something inside her. Ocasio-Cortez told CNN how terrifying the experience was; as a sexual assault survivor, she didn’t think she was « just going to be killed » if the attackers found her in her barricaded office. Today, she drives to work every day because it reassures her, even though she preferred to walk.

But she still believes in the power of using her voice – even if it’s via social media to her more than 13 million Twitter followers – to effect change, and she has long supported the agitating power of protests. . In response to the increased conversation around police brutality in 2020, she tweeted“Popular support often starts small and grows. For people who complain, demands for protest make others uncomfortable…that’s the point.

In fact, when she learned that deer had been overthrown on June 24, his first instinct was to protest. « Sometimes people ask, ‘Oh, what’s the point of protesting? ‘” Ocasio-Cortez said. That day, she explained, joining the protests in front of the Supreme Court building reminded voters that she was with them: « It’s really important that people feel like their elected officials are kidding them. Not from above, but from the same level. In July, AOC was arrested, along with other lawmakers like Rep. Ilhan Omar, during another demonstration for the right to abortion.

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