Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested in a lengthy interview with QG that she fears for her life and is uncertain about her future because “so many people in this country hate women” and “women of color” in particular.
Ocasio-Cortez, who is Featured in the latest edition of QG, praised the magazine for taking “big risks” and interviewing her so she could “get to grips with gender and politics.” She made it clear that she was proud to have “two legendary trans icons…photographing and styling the images” in the filming of the feature film.
“Shout out to GQ for agreeing to go in there and chat about good men, what it’s like to step up and grow, and what healthy masculinity looks like in the modern age,” he said. -she writes on Instagram, promoting the interview.
As she discussed issues such as abortion as well as gender in politics – she claimed that “men suffer from being under patriarchy” – she also spoke about her future and expressed great concern.
“Sometimes little girls say, ‘Oh, I want you to be president,’ or things like that,” she said, explaining that it’s “very difficult for me to talk about it because it provokes a lot of inner conflict to the extent that I never want to tell a little girl what she can’t do.
“And I don’t want to tell young people what is not possible. I’ve never been in the business of doing that. But at the same time…” she continued.
According QG Wesley Lowery, the congresswoman’s speech “slowed down, and for the first time in the hours we’d spent talking, she broke eye contact, burying her gaze in the armrest of her chair.”
“Tears pooled in the corners of her eyes,” he wrote.
“I hold two contradictory things [in mind] at a time. One is just the relentless belief that anything is possible,” Ocasio-Cortez said before revealing that she is reluctant to talk about the future because she fears for her life, like so many Americans. – she concluded, hates women and even more, women of minorities.
But at the same time, my experience here has given me a front row seat to see how deeply and unconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women. And they hate women of color. People ask me questions about the future. And realistically, I can’t even tell you if I’ll be alive in September. 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.
“And so those are two very contradictory things. I sometimes admit to believing that I live in a country that would never let that happen,” she added.
This isn’t the first time the Democrat has spoken out on these topics, saying last year that “white supremacy and patriarchy are very much intertwined” while addressing her apparent fear of being violated during the protest. January 6 at the Capitol.
“You know, white supremacy and patriarchy are very connected in many ways,” she said. Told CNN’s Dana Bash.
“There is a lot of sexualization of this violence. I didn’t think I was just going to be killed. I thought other things were going to happen to me too,” she added.
Notably, Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t even in the Capitol building at the time of the protest, but in the Rayburn House Office Building across the road.
Months after making that remark, Ocasio-Cortez concluded that Republicans are just crazy they can’t get away with it:
If Republicans are mad they can’t date me, they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet.
There are creepy weirdos https://t.co/Z7bZCgXpWJ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 31, 2021