Sunday, October 9, 2016

Ever wonder what rape culture looks like?

Well, here it is, clearly and vividly personified in Donald Trump. I've heard a lot of excuses and rationalizations for Trump's vulgar remarks -- boys will be boys, all men talk dirty when women aren't around, women can be just as bad when it comes to talking about guys -- but you know what? Most men don't joke about sexual assault. They might comment on how hot a woman looks or speculate about what she might be like in bed, but they don't come right out and say their standard operating procedure is to grope first and talk later. And then to brag about how he can get away with it because he's a celebrity?

As Rolling Stone points out,
Yes, his comments are lewd, but that's irrelevant. What matters is that Trump is talking as if he can do whatever he wants with women, whenever he wants, regardless of their consent. This is rape culture, as clear as day.
Lewd comments are not enough to bring Trump to his ultimate demise; we've been treated to untold examples of him making lewd comments about women this election cycle. But endorsing sexual assault is another matter. That just might do it. And that's the story here.
I would like to believe that having Trump exposed (again) as a total pig would be enough to get most people to change their minds about voting for him, but it won't. Based on what I've been seeing on Facebook over the past 48 hours or so, Trump could sodomize a child on national television and his acolytes would still claim it didn't matter, that somehow Hillary's mishandling of emails was worse.

The stupid, it burns. 


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