Locker Room Watchlist: These are the GOP gym rats to avoid

Who knew Rudy was walking around New York concealing those guns? Since the release of a video featuring Donald Trump unwittingly speaking into a hot mic about how great it is that his celebrity allows him to nonconsensually grab women’s genitals without consequence, Trump has thrice dismissed the celebration of sexual assault as “locker room banter” or “locker room talk” — once in a statement early Friday, and twice during the second presidential debate, where he also dismissed it as “just words.” It’s the casual chatter that inevitably arises when men find themselves alone together, pantsless, unencumbered by any responsibility to act like women are human beings. Pro athletes across the U.S. have united to say that, in fact, such banter is not acceptable in any of the locker rooms they frequent ....more

Trump was preparing to make a move, and Arianne Zucker had no idea

There is still one more chilling but less-discussed aspect of the Trump video. Yes, his language is vulgar, and yes, his casual discussion of sexual assault is horrifying. But two reporters, in separate pieces, point out that there’s something even more disturbing about the video: the way they talked about actress Arianne Zucker, Trump’s costar-to-be, as she waited, unsuspecting, at the end of their bus trip ....more

Today in rape culture: The Trump video isn’t about the saucy language

[Content note for sexual assault] On Friday, the Washington Post published a heretofore unseen video from 2005 in which Donald Trump, in the Access Hollywood bus on the way to a cameo on “Days of Our Lives,” gives us a good look at how much he really respects women. Talking with Billy Bush, into a mic that he didn’t know was hot (Donald, are you sure that a malfunctioning microphone isn’t the best thing for you at this point?), he makes it clear that no, women aren’t more than objects to be evaluated, disparaged, and abused at his whim. He talks about trying (unsuccessfully) to sleep with a married woman, then disparages her appearance ....more

Ivanka Trump says that motherhood is “the most important job any woman can have”

Ivanka Trump, trotted out of late as proof that obviously Donald can’t possibly be a misogynist because some of his sperm has X chromosomes in it, has taken to video to tell us all about Donald’s policy proposal for working moms. (It’s the one he only developed because Ivanka herself pushed him to it, saying, “Daddy, daddy, we have to do this!” because nothing says “I respect women” like making your adult daughter sound like Veruca Salt at a campaign stop.) And because we can’t have woman- and family-friendly policies in place just because they’re the right thing to do in our current economy and societal structure, Ivanka had to come right out of the gate telling us that the most important job that any woman can have is mother. She, her inherited real estate job, her clothing company, and her nanny speak directly from the heart ....more

Post-debate open thread

This open thread is brought to you by Hillary Clinton openly laughing at Donald Trump’s buffoonery. You know what? You’re right ....more

Quick Hit: Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t understand refugees, or Skittles

The Trump campaign’s attempts to humanize The Donald via a Twitter campaign by his kids have gotten off to a rocky start. First, there was the “insider vs. outsider” tweet featuring Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr ....more

Are we done with Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham yet?

[Content note for racism and child sex abuse] Are we? Can we be? I get that we’re supposed to love Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham on account of they aren’t thin, and that they’re proudly imperfect and not trying to be perfect, and that they’re bold enough to do raunch humor even though women aren’t supposed to do that, and whatever, I get it ....more

Today in rape culture: So Brock Turner is a free man

[Trigger warning for rape] Well, that was quick. In a development that definitely disappoints but doesn’t surprise, Brock Turner was released from jail Friday, a stunningly short three months into an already pathetic six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Early release for good behavior, you know ....more

Quick hit: Ann Coulter is the worst person in the world

[Trigger warning for ableist slur] Do you remember when Donald Trump struck out at New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski by mocking him during a campaign speech? Kovaleski committed the dual sins of having arthrogryposis, a congenital joint contracture, and for calling bullshit on Trump’s claims that thousands of Muslims were celebrating in New York after 9/11. Trump later denied that he was mocking Kovaleski, saying that his twitching, flailing, stammering impersonation was actually “mimick[ing] what [he] thought would be a flustered reporter[.].” In her new book, In Trump We Trust, Ann Coulter agrees that he wasn’t mocking Kovaleski, but her position is that he was doing an impersonation of a “standard…” No, I just can’t ....more

Today in rape culture: Pre-college edition

[Content note for rape] Because we needed another reminder that a promising young athlete’s bright potential mustn’t be dimmed by the consequences of a rape conviction: 18-year-old rising collegian David Becker was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery after sexually assaulting two unconscious classmates at a house party in 2015. (He texted one of the victims the next day, saying “sorry. its my fault[sic],” and texted her again the following day, saying “Very sorry about last night I was very much in the wrong and was an embarrassment … I understand if I’m not your favorite person right now.” See? ...more