“It’s just locker room talk.”
“No, it’s not locker room talk at all.”
“But what about Beyoncé’s lyrics?”
Over the past week (though it feels much, much longer) the American public has been bombarded with a series of mediocre justifications for a presidential candidate’s boastful comments about sexually harassing and assaulting women, none more agitating than the Trump campaign’s insistence that his comments were commonplace among men, and therefore undeserving of widespread attention. The quickness and ease with which his surrogates settled on the ‘locker room talk’ excuse was truly fascinating to see; there is no doubt in my mind that his supporters think his remarks are justifiable within certain spaces.
And though their overarching point is indefensible, the thinking that led them to that conclusion is not wrong.