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Editorial: Why “locker room talk” is no excuse

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Editorial: Why “locker room talk” is no excuse

Locker room talk- Is the locker room a place where one's true thoughts and opinions are safe from scrutiny?

Locker room talk- Is the locker room a place where one's true thoughts and opinions are safe from scrutiny?

Anissa Gardizy

Locker room talk- Is the locker room a place where one's true thoughts and opinions are safe from scrutiny?

Anissa Gardizy

Anissa Gardizy

Locker room talk- Is the locker room a place where one's true thoughts and opinions are safe from scrutiny?

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Donald Trump apologized for his recent inappropriate leaked voice recording, explaining that it was just “locker room talk”. At first, this seems like a reasonable excuse; picturing Trump in a locker room casually talking to his team mates has the effect of making the situation seem less disastrous. However, it doesn’t. Blaming his crude statements on being “locker room talk” crosses so many lines on so many different levels.

Many people believe what Trump said reflects how he still views women today. When Trump thinks he is not being recorded, he says what he thinks and truly believes . For Trump, this “locker room” is apparently a place where he can be casual and not worry about who hears him. However, since the public has heard him, it’s clear to see his true self behind closed doors.

Trump is constantly criticizing his opponent, Hillary Clinton, for saying one thing on camera and the other off camera. But can he credibly make that argument anymore? By blaming his inappropriate comments on his being off camera, Trump basically admits to being two faced as well.

In addition, “locker room talk” is a general term, which implies that in the average male locker room, men degrade women. Locker rooms are locations for sports teams to get ready for practice and bond before and after games. Because one is in a locker room, there is no hidden secret about saying offensive things. Several professional athletes have come out to reassure the public that their locker rooms are much different than the ones Trump mentions.

At first thought, “locker room talk” seems like a legitimate argument, but after considering the claim, it becomes clear that it is a poor way of covering up Trump’s unfavorable views.

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