It’s refreshing that this presidential contender has acknowledged the impropriety of the “locker room” banter he exchanged with Billy Bush. However, it would also be refreshing if the liberal media would stop inflating the offense to the level of an actual “assault.” That indictment belongs to the Clinton dynasty…actions speak louder than words.
Although I have read many thoughtful commentaries about this situation, I felt we could afford to have one more … one that really should come from a woman. One that I hopes bridges the gap between offended women and Trump. The basis for this commentary can be found in the October, 8 Washington Post article by David A. Fahrenthold. The pertinent snippet can be found at the very end of this piece.
This segment of the article notes that Trump was preparing to act opposite Arieane Zucker in a soap opera episode. That speaks volumes right there. If you watch the video footage you will see Zucker escorting Trump onto the TV set wearing a very clingy, halter-top dress. Here is a quote from the article describing the character Zucker was playing in that episode.
“Trump did appear on Days of Our Lives in late October. In a tape of that cameo posted online, Zucker’s character asks Trump – playing himself – for a job at his business, and tells him suggestively, ‘I think you’ll find I’m a very willing employee. Working under you, I think, could be mutually beneficial.’ Trump’s character gives her the brushoff. ‘That’s an interesting proposition,’ Trump says on-screen. ‘I’ll get back to you.’”
Here’s the rub for me. The liberal press has women all riled up because the presidential contender made lewd comments about women. However, the situation being referenced for this anti-Trump expose pertains to a woman willingly assuming the role of an employee making herself available for the very lewd acts being decried as “assault.” This is ludicrous!!
Women can’t have it both ways! If we don’t like sexism and sexual harassment, then we must stop accepting such demeaning TV and movie roles. We must stop viewing such lame programming. We must stop listening to music that celebrates and perpetuates verbal and physical abusive. We must stop drinking the Kool-Aid with regard to lascivious fashion trends. We must stop throwing ourselves at the feet of wealthy politicians, athletes, actors, musicians, businessmen and anyone else we foolishly place on a pedestal. It’s just not acceptable to use sensuality and seduction to advance one’s professional and personal agendas – and then cry “assault” when it suits us.
Yes, it’s disappointing that men often engage in “locker-room” talk. Thank God for the ones who don’t and can say they never have so much as a lewd thought either. They get a gold star. But let’s be realistic, should we really expect a wealthy “playboy” (from a decade ago) to act like a conservative and moral choir boy? Maybe if such men weren’t regularly approached by women seeking “favors” they wouldn’t get the idea that lewdness is acceptable.
To conclude, it is my hope and prayer that women view this Trump gaffe as a call to evaluate our own motives and actions. Perhaps we should demonstrate that we respect ourselves before we demand respect from the men in our lives. The double standard being foisted on us by the media is ridiculous. We don't have to agree with it.
A double-minded woman is unstable in all her ways (James 1:8)