Support for ‘Locker Room Talk’ encourages rape culture

North Wind Staff

As Nov. 8 looms closer, we as voters and college students are keeping a close eye on the election. With the recent release of the 2005 video of presidential candidate Donald Trump making a joke about sexual assault, our eyebrows are raised in disbelief.

re-editorialcartoon-010And it’s not disbelief that Trump would say these things.

In the past, the man has made it clear who he is by making negative comments about people of a different color, gender, culture, among several others. This video from 2005 doesn’t really come as a surprise to us anymore.

What’s shocking is the level of support Trump is receiving for these derogatory comments and behavior.

In the video he shows blatant disrespect for women, saying sickening pro-sexual assault statements such as “I don’t even wait,” in regards to kissing, and “They let you do it. You can do anything,” in regards to touching.

In an unconvincing, less-than-sincere apology during the following presidential debate, Trump dismissed this joking as simply “locker room talk.”

The 2005 video perpetuates rape culture and a mindset that objectifies women, and definitely can’t be brushed off as “locker room talk.” But shockingly, there’s justification and support for the video because it “makes Trump more relatable.”

This support suggests that men mistreating women is normal and should be expected. This support suggests that grabbing women without their consent, cheating on your wife, and laughing about sexual assault as a notion is expected. This support is disgusting.

By continuing to show justification for this behavior and these statements, we are creating a terrifying culture that tolerates sexual assault and gives it praise. We are creating a culture where women feel unsafe and supporters of this behavior feel at home.

We are creating a culture where the phrase “boys will be boys” has even darker connotations than it already does.

This election has brought out some negative aspects of society by reaching into areas of racism and bigotry, and continues to do so on the very horizon of voting.

We as college students, voters and Americans need to think about who and what behavior we want to represent the country as commander in chief—and exactly how that reflects on us.