Others might see things more obvious, but I have a Marxist, class dialected objection to Trump’s characterization of his thing there as ‘locker room talk’. Trump obviously believes his own BS, but the language is consciously deployed to imply there’s a universal red-blooded American boys will be boys cultural framework undergirding that makes talk of ‘pussy grabbing’ normal, understandable, and forgivable.
It fails there, is a lie, because it’s not actually universal. In adulthood, most of us American men do not have a twice weekly squash or golf game at the club where we can regale the other jerks with tales of our romantic mastery. And understand, it’s not actually that the boolean evaluation there rests on whether most American men have literal access to a locker room where they can have ‘locker room talk’ with the other guys. It’s that being able to engage in the misogyny that makes for the Trump kind of ‘locker room talk’ comes from a pursuit of sexual leisure without repercussions that only a certain kind of wealthy, prime of life, captain of industry Alpha male type can reliably achieve.
Now, the local plant executive has groped the secretary and then told the fellas that she wanted it. That has happened of course. But those guys commonly get litigated into good behavior and get divorced. Trump doesn’t get litigated into good behavior, and with his wealth and celebrity ya figure he’s scored plenty with pageant contestants or other sycophants who just followed into the hotel room and put out. He’s rich, he’s a celebrity… there are women who will sleep with him merely because he pursued them when that’s not the case for regular men. That’s our world.
So, recounting that and all the ‘pussy grabbing’…. This isn’t ‘locker room talk’ that most any American man understands as normal. It’s as I say unique to a certain bro subset that because of wealth and status can pursuit concierge sexual leisure without repercussions. Who’s another good example? Let’s say…. Bill Clinton.
I’d grant that it’s an easy call that Bill Clinton is a quite a better man then Donald Trump. It’s not however obvious that he’s much less a misogynist in the exact Trump way. He’s clearly used his status to pursuit concierge sexual leisure outside of marriage. The Juanita Broderick episode, such that one guesses it’s true… with ‘true’ being a reasonable way to bet…. comes from an understanding you’re a man who can pull a woman into a hotel room and have sex with her, and that she’ll very more than likely do it and let it slide. I notice the pun now, It’s not intended, but its fantastic use of idiom.
Anyway…. Yeah, the Trump pussy grabbing ought to be disqualifying…. Bill Clinton ought to have been disqualified, Hillary ought to be disqualified now because of Bill Clinton if liberals weren’t allowed to be hypocrites…. Whatever.
One day you’re just ignoring the election, the next you have a keen understanding who Ben Bush is. Go figure.