Two things from the debate need clarity...One is the handwringing about the decline of comity and how nasty this campaign is. Read some of the many books on politics in the 1800s. and this is not unusual.
The other is "locker room: or "frat house" banter which is what Donald Trump called his regrettable on the bus chat with Billy Bush.
Many male anchors were quick to point out they never heard such talk in a locker room.
I am in a locker room every day since I started going to Planet Fitness and no I don't hear replays of the Billy Bush conversation, but "locker room banter" is more a metaphor for men talking in a private setting, which may include lewdness and some bragging along with joking and talk of physical attributes. Lines can be crossed and that's why we are always careful around microphones and the Internet. And in today's world where HR reads the riot act on workplace behavior, behavior has changed somewhat.
Gone are the days of wolf whistles but guys do appreciate a finely turned ankle and think about or talk about sex. So do women. Have you ever observed the scene at a Chippendale's performance ?
In today's sexually charged pop culture, women are objectified 24/7. In video, in lyrics, everywhere. We also throw around words like sexual assault like candy.
The Billy Bush chat was embarrassing because it involved a candidate for President and it was on tape and involved real people who were talked about as commodities.
Mr. Trump was correct to say it was wrong and he apologized. Those who act like all of this is alien to them or that they are "sick to their stomach" are not believable.
There will be more tapes, particularly excerpts from the Stern show or out takes from The Apprentice. None of it is a surprise, and people can judge accordingly.
Now a much overused cliché....Can we talk about the issues ?
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