Now I understand that not every man who voted for Trump feels it is OK to grope women without consent. Some of them just think it is OK for Trump to do that but they would never imagine doing it themselves.
Well, OK, maybe they would imagine doing it themselves. But they would never actually do it unless there was absolutely no chance that they would be caught.
The thing is, our President has normalized sexual assault. He has turned victims into punch lines and perpetrators into supreme court justices. He has shown a lot of men in this country that you can do this kind of thing and get away with it.
Given rape culture in this country, that should actually not be a surprise. Thing is, when you have an admitted sexual predator in the white house (he’s on tape so shut up with your apologist bullshit), even the minor amount of stigma that existed before has been shredded.
Sure, this guy was arrested and he’ll be fined or spend a few weeks in jail. He’s not going to stop thinking that what he did was OK.
And the biggest problem with Trump is that he’s popular with a subset of the American public because he represents all that deeply felt awfulness in each one of us. He releases the national desire to be a bunch of fucking unapologetic assholes.
So congratulations, women of America! You already had to deal with ten million other problems. Now you have a bunch of white dudes who have been told that actions don’t have consequences.
In case you’ve never heard of the Legends Football League, perhaps you might know of it by its previous name: The Lingerie Football League. It is the only “professional” football league for women in the United States.
I put “professional” in quotes because the athletes aren’t paid, get no medical care, and are expected to play football in swimsuits.
The reason they wear swimsuits instead of, you know, pads, is because nobody will watch women play football unless they are scantily clad. It’s all very depressing because the article points out that what these women really want to do is play football.
As a result they are exploited in almost every conceivable way. And they allow and accept it because they get an opportunity to play football.
If you are a woman and your passion happens to be football, what other choice do you have?
It is not the fault of the women who are in the league. They recognize the choice that they have to make and they make it freely.
I know these ladies aren’t ever going to be paid as well as men but I have to ask: shouldn’t they get paid something? The league wouldn’t exist without the players and someone is making money. Too bad it isn’t the women who are, quite literally, the face of the league.