The man tried to defend The Tape by categorizing it. It was sanctionable, he argued, because “it was locker room talk.” I’m not sure any group has a similar out. Women certainly have no talk that is made defensible based on where their talk occurred. “It was just kitchen talk” was never a phrase in our history. Men are allowed this. Can you imagine this defense being used for any other kind of opinion? Had the man on The Tape been talking about assassinating the sitting President, for instance, using “it was just locker room talk” would not be a reasonable response. If the man on The Tape had bragged about raping children, there is no room on Earth that would have made that talk seem OK. But this kind of talk, under the mysterious protections of the “locker room” (even though they were on a bus at the time), feels normal. It’s why The Tape felt unremarkable. Gross and deplorable, yes, but surprising? No.