Thursday, October 13, 2016

Let’s Really Talk About “Locker Room Talk”

“Locker room talk.”

That’s what Donald Trump called his lewd conversation with Today’s Billy Bush back in 2005, which included comments about women like, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p*ssy.”

Ever since that was leaked, people are correctly condemning his completely inappropriate remarks. Yet the way they’re doing so isn’t going to do anyone any good, including women.

They need to stop pretending that verbally disrespecting women is shocking when it’s not. It’s commonplace.

Some idiot female media maven (I can’t remember if she’s a journalist or talk show host) said she asked both her husband and athletics-involved teenaged son if they’ve ever talked like Donald Trump or overheard other men talk like him inside the locker room.

They said no. Never.

And she believed them. Hence the reason why she’s an idiot. Or really disingenuous.

No offense to her son and husband – except to call them liars – since they might very well be absolute gentlemen. But there’s no way a bunch of fawned-over athletes hyped up on today’s culture of sex, drugs, and rap & roll are going to show consistent respect for women as a group.

Far from it.

That makes the reporter who asked Tom Brady, “How would you respond if your kids heard Donald Trump’s version of locker room talk?” also an idiot or disingenuous. Probably the latter.

Everyone knows athletes’ reputation with women, whether they’re in the NFL, the NBA or college. In fact, everyone expects them to get it on with women in less than respectful manners.

You really think they then treat the subject respectfully in the locker room?

Is it right? No.

But it does make sense when our culture promotes that kind of mentality in so many ways. Just listen to Top 40 pop-station songs, rap songs and even country songs that inevitably feature men bragging about getting easy sex and women like Ariana Grande assuring men that “All girls wanna be like that: Bad girls underneath like that.”

So don’t go condemning Donald Trump for his “locker room talk” unless you’re willing to condemn all locker room talk, whether it’s inside the locker room, inside a limo or on the radio broadcasted to billions of impressionable minds, preaching that the best way to be cool is to brag about casual sex.

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