Postscript (2016–10–09) to my post about Trump’s misogynism:
I thought about this more today on my way out to lunch after a discussion with some people about this. One of the participants in the discussion commented that this kind of talk is typical of Average Joes talking nonsense over a beer or two. He also mentioned that both Bill Clinton and Kennedy had their indiscretions. He’s right, of course.
That doesn’t justify Trump’s attitude towards women at all. Clinton’s and Kennedy’s behaviour wasn’t ok either. Remember, Clinton was almost removed from office because of his indiscretions.
More importantly, the person you elect as your president says a lot about the society you want to create in the coming few years that person leads your country. Regardless of what Obama’s critics feel about his presidency, he has always made a point of praising his wife and daughters.
In contrast, Trump has no difficulty demeaning and objectifying his daughter on radio with Howard Stern. An America under Trump will be a society where women will find themselves once again fighting just to be recognised as human beings, let alone worthy of praise and encouragement.
So, yes, Trump’s comments probably reflect conversations millions of men (tens of millions, hundreds) make on a daily basis but they aren’t running for election as the leader of the most influential nation on the planet at the moment and their comments are just as reprehensible.
Trump’s possible position will amplify those qualities by orders of magnitude and, in the process, create a world where women are, once again, objects for men’s amusement and gratification. That is not a society you should want to raise your daughters in if you have any respect for them and their dignity.
If women in the USA ever doubt their power, consider this tweet: