Some thoughts, from a lady who works in a male-dominant industry, and who LOVES sports, and the athletes that dominate my favourite leagues. A gal that thinks we can do better than pushing a stupid stereotype and spreading that assumption any further.
Donald Trump’s comments about locker-room banter have many people making assumptions that all males behave under the ‘alpha-male’ stereotype he described, when they are behind closed doors.
Not true. You can’t even categorize all RICH, POMPOUS, EGOTISTIC, FAMOUS men under that umbrella, because there are still wealthy, powerful men who know better and respect women with both their vocubulary and behaviour.
It’s one thing to see a Presidential candidate speaking about women in that manner (even if it was years ago in 2005), but it’s another thing for him to try and justify HIS comments by telling his country, and ours, that this behaviour is TYPICAL and maybe even NORMAL?!
It doesn’t matter that his comments were in 2005. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t know that the mic was on. What matters is he STILL doesn’t see what’s so alarming with what he said, and he brushed it off with an apology you’d give to someone you sent the wrong email. This type of behaviour puts the spotlight on his values and ethics – and it’s very clear that women are simply objects that he can own, because of how much money he has and how famous he might be. Famous for the wrong reasons, bud. Especially, now. That BLANKET statement about locker-room banter even has his son Eric Trump defending him in the worst way:
“I think sometimes when guys are together they get carried away, and sometimes that’s what happens when alpha personalities are in the same presence…” Eric Trump said at an event in Colorado on Monday, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette.
I play on co-ed baseball teams every summer and I am treated not only with respect, but as an equal in-game. No one speaks down to me or makes me feel like I shouldn’t be on the field. As for locker rooms and conversations that happen behind closed doors, I expect that organizations like the London Knights, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and my Toronto Blue Jays don’t tolerate behaviour like that in their locker rooms. Furthermore…
I commend The London Lightning, FC London Soccer Club, and Western Mustangs for their commitment to keeping this type of language and behaviour OUT of their locker rooms, squashing the stereotype Trump wanted to perpetuate, and spreading the message with the London Abused Women’s Centre.
Did you know that even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau supports LAWC? Their annual Shine the Light campaign kicked-off last week.