Why You Shouldn’t Care about Donald Trump’s “Locker Room” Comments

 

A man who demeans women verbally is a man who will assault them sexually.

A man who thinks he’s entitled to a taxpayer bailout is a man who thinks he’s entitled to grope you.

A man who calls women “dogs” is a man who is going to call their breasts “tits.”

A man who thinks women should be punished for abortion is a man who thinks he’s in charge of women’s sexuality.

A man who cheats on his first and second wives is going to cheat on his third.

A man who cheats on his wives is a man who expects women to cheat on their husbands.

A man who uses his power of celebrity to justify doing whatever he wants to women will use it to do whatever he wants to whomever he wants when he is president.

A man who promotes a culture of violence against immigrants, African Americans, and Muslims is a man who will promote rape culture.

It’s easy to decry Trump’s bragging about getting away with sexual assault because he’s famous. Mitt Romney claims that “vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.” He’s half right.

America’s “wives and daughters” (Dear Mitt, you are part of the problem when you define our worth in relationship to men.) are not made smaller because of Trump. Everyone who voted for and defends Donald Trump is. Every donor to his campaign party is. Your dear Republican Party is, Mr. Romney.

But Trump has helpfully showed the world exactly how he—and, apparently, how the men he decides to surround himself with—think about women. (If this is his locker room, imagine his cabinet!) Trump blows it off by saying it’s “locker room” talk—which means that this is how he thinks men speak about women.

Think about that: Trump says it’s okay to brag about sexual violence against women because it’s just how men act. Hey #notallmen folks, where are you? Because Trump is saying that rape culture is cool because men are just expected to be sexual harassers. You okay with that, “America’s husbands and sons”?

That is what demeans people and America. Women aren’t demeaned by Trump’s comments on women—these or the many, many others. We know that we’re not “bitches,” “dogs,” and “pigs.” We know that menstruation has nothing to do with our ability to recognize a scumbag when we see one. Trump, Trump supporters, and the men who think that Trump serially harassing and assaulting women is equivalent to Hillary Clinton staying married to Bill Clinton are demeaned. You, #Trump4Life folks, are made smaller by his comments, not me or my sisters or daughters.

Are you a Trump supporter, even an unwilling one, who is now outraged by his comments? Nope. You don’t get to care now.

And, Mitt Romney, you don’t get to pretend to care for my sake.

You shouldn’t care now that Trump promotes violence against women if you didn’t care that he promoted violence against protestors at his rally.

You shouldn’t care now that Trump thinks rape just part of what men do if you didn’t care about the child rape case against him.

You shouldn’t care now that Trump can’t seem to recognize the legal definition of sexual assault (and to which he admitted guilt on tape) if you didn’t care that he called Mexicans “rapists.”

You shouldn’t care now that Trump’s idea of a “great America” is a pre-women’s rights if you didn’t care that it’s always been one that is pre-Civil Rights.

You shouldn’t care now that women are not safe in his presence if you didn’t care earlier that black people, including his own supporters, weren’t safe in his rallies.

You shouldn’t care now that Trump promotes the invasion and humiliation of other people’s bodies if you didn’t care that he supports Stop and Frisk.

You shouldn’t care that he thinks working women are there for his pleasure if you didn’t care that he thinks only “weak” women are sexually harassed.

House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to Trump’s words by saying “I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.” Republican elder John McCain said that Trump “alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.”

What both men—and every other Republican now trying to backpeddle on their support of Trump—is that they always knew this was coming, and they were okay with it as long as Trump’s hate was useful bigotry, enough to drum up votes.  You all “bear the burden of his conduct” because it is what you relied upon for record turnout at Republican primaries.

A racist, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, sexist likely child rapist is probably also a sexual assaulter.

How did you think this was going to end, Representative Ryan and Senator McCain? How did you think this was going to end, Trump supporters? You chose him because you like the way he demeans others, his entitlement, and his flaunting of the law. You picked him because of these qualities, not despite them.  Don’t cry because what you knew to be true in secret has now come to light.

ffc

Image by a genius at Feminist Fight Club

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