Why Donald Trump's 'pussy grabbing' sexist banter would fit in better in medieval times

Friday, 13 October 2017, 05:48:00 PM. Trump's 'locker room talk' could come straight out of the middle ages.
Share Opinion Grab Em By The Pussy This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As we approach the end of 2017, one might expect language and attitudes to be very different to those of the Middle Ages. And yet, there are some very prominent figures who seem to be stuck in the past. Donald Trump, the U.S. president, has once again dismissed his own infamous “grab them by the pussy” comments, one year after the 2005 Access Hollywood tape that revealed them came to light. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now When his words first came to public attention, Trump then brushed them off as “locker room banter," insisting that the public should focus instead on war and terrorism that were making the world “like medieval times.” Numerous athletes came forward at the time to say that these are not the type of conversations that take place in their locker rooms. The debate continues to this day, with some supporting Trump’s comments, while women’s rights campaign groups refuse to let him brush it “under the rug.” Though Trump tried to deflect attention onto historical horrors of war, this dispute has far more in common with medieval times than he might think. This very dispute mirrors the quarrel of the Roman de la Rose, which happened in the 15th Century—in which a female writer fought vehemently against depictions of sexual assault and “loose” women in entertainment. Medieval attitudes In medieval literature, women were commonly...Read more
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