Saturday, October 15, 2016

Cheap Shots: Locker Room Talk

Trump National Golf Course, Westchester: "Superbly appointed locker rooms are a welcome respite from spirited competition. Changing facilities and lounges join an array of spa services including steam and massage, all in an atmosphere that revives the spirit." How butch is that?
Recently unearthed remarks of 2013 by Donald Trump, Jr. (Jezebel, via LGM), resolve a deeply confusing mystery:
Donald Trump Jr., the embodiment of every stereotype about people named “Jr.”, said in 2013 that women who can’t handle harassment at work “should go maybe teach kindergarten.” He also opined that all-male golf courses are “cool” and that everybody is so uber-sensitive these days. How original!
The comments were uncovered by Buzzfeed News: Trump Jr. made them during a March 2013 episode of The Opie and Anthony Show, a year before one of the hosts was fired for going on an extended racist rant about black people. Trump Jr. said first that he had a hard time letting go of all-male golf courses: “If you have a guys’ place you have a guys’ place.”
That's where those locker rooms are!

Everybody insisting that Trump is all wrong about locker room talk is thinking of the kind of locker rooms where athletes congregate to change their clothes and shower and perform needful activities of that sort, where the talk is of secondary importance and nobody stays a lot longer than he has to. Trump was thinking about locker rooms on golf courses, where the rich and obese hang out to pretend they've just worked up a sweat.

And to pretend, further, that they had an erection sometime in the previous month, to make the other guys jealous, so that the talk naturally gravitates to snatching at lady parts and "when you're a star they let you do it, you can do anything". The Trumpian locker room.

Which is not to suggest Trump could be innocent of the charges, because only somebody who actually does such things could think it's something to boast about. But #NotAllBillionaires. Some, I assume, are good people.

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