By Lori Perkins
Congress member Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez (D-NY) has always been a strong LGBTQ+ ally, but she just posted a scathing Instagram post calling out the self-owning of straight white, male legislators who call drag queens, trans people and members of BIPOC “groomers.” AOC says they are projecting their own true thoughts and desires onto queer people which mirrors the ways that abusive, heterosexual, and cisgender men treat young women and children.
“So we know how people in power and conservatives use culture wars in order to distract and defuse us from challenging institutions of power, right?” Ocasio-Cortez said in her recent Instagram post. “I want to talk about how the attacks on trans and LGBT people factor into this.”
On her Instragram post, AOC then went on to explain how she was sexualized as a young teen girl sharing that she was only about 13 or 14 with braces the first time an adult man hit on her. She said that most women have stories like this, remembering that grown men hit on them as early as 11.
AOC went on to share a particularly gross example, sharing that when she was in her early 20s working as a waitress in an outdoor cafe, a man would regularly park on the street, “pleasuring himself” making sure that his actions were viewable to the waitresses walking back and forth.
“I can tell you how many stories I and almost every woman I know have about things like this,” she said. “And when you actually look at who’s committing this abuse, it’s majority straight men.”
She went on to make her point. “Many of these disgusting and insinuating attacks on trans and LGBT people are actually projections of what predatory, cisgender, and often straight men do when left alone in the presence of women or sometimes horribly children,” she continues. “So instead of getting you to challenge the patriarchy, [anti-LGBTQ+ conservatives are] trying to get you to challenge the very gender expressiveness that challenges patriarchy.”