All right, I lied. I’m going to write about Trump again.
I’ve been seeing my Twitter feed blowing up with the latest outrageous comments from Trump supporting rape culture, and the many voices who agree that “locker room talk” is common, acceptable, and no big deal.
I beg to differ. This “locker room talk” business is a big deal.
It’s a big deal because it makes dehumanizing people acceptable.
It’s a big deal because it results in the kind of victim-blaming and dismissal that make rape one of the most hurtful crimes to live through.
It’s a big deal because this is a kind of societal virus that just will not die.
We are a society that normalizes and excuses sexual violence at every turn. People on Twitter are saying grabbing women’s p***ies without their consent isn’t actually sexual assault. They’re focusing on an “offensive” word rather than the situation being described with said “offensive” word. People’s excusal of the commentary is a perfect example of rape culture.
What I want to know is, who recorded this video and decided to suppress it for eleven years?? That, my friends, is another symptom of rape culture. When someone has recorded blatantly misogynistic commentary and held onto it without calling it out for eleven years, there’s something wrong with that. When the people who are around this commentary don’t speak up and say, “Hey, that’s a terribly sexist/misogynistic/predatory line of thinking that should be examined,” those people are complicit in perpetuating rape culture.
Were the people in this video so mired in misogyny, they didn’t know what they were hearing was a description of sexual assault? If so, that needs to be addressed.
Or were they aware they were hearing descriptions of sexual assault, and just didn’t care? If that’s the case, then that needs to be addressed.
Newsflash: talking about grabbing people by the crotch without their consent is a description of sexual assault. Furthermore, bragging about sexually assaulting people should never be socially acceptable.
Why do we still have to say this?
I leave you with this, straight from the horse’s mouth.