There should be no tolerance for the sexual objectification of women anywhere.
Just under a month from potentially being elected as the next President of the United States, Donald Trump’s 2005 self has made a controversial appearance on social media over the weekend. A leaked video has surfaced, which depicts a recorded conversation between Trump and Billy Bush, depicting Trump condoning the sexual assault and objectification of women.
If you missed it, here’s a great recap of the matter by Waleed Aly on The Project on Channel 10, who urges everyone to realise that #TrumpIsNoLaughingMatter.
It’s got us thinking – how and why is it acceptable for anyone, let alone the next potential President of the United States, to objectify women?
The presence of the sexual objectification of women in the film industry has a profound impact on viewers. For one, it impacts the mental health and body image of young women. Secondly, the influence it can have upon men is often overlooked – it can make men regard it as acceptable, or a social norm, to talk about women in a particular way. This essentially leads them to take light-heartedly the harassment, assault and objectification of women and girls – otherwise referred to as ‘locker-room’ chat or more seriously, as rape culture. Worst-case scenario, it causes them to act upon it.
When it comes to how Trump objectified women, multiply this by one hundred because it was broadcast on multiple large-scale media platforms and went viral on social media. He is a politician, a public figure, a businessman, a speaker, a television producer, an author and most importantly an influencer. He is campaigning to be elected as the President of the United States, aiming to gain the support of 30o million U.S. citizens, while his every move is watched by the world.
It is simply terrifying to know that a man of such power and potential influence possesses degrading values towards women. His acceptance of this so-called ‘locker-room’ language is dangerous. Imagine the millions of men and women who have seen the video of Trump and the underlying impact it could have upon them.
Check out this video, from a News.com article, featuring Nancy O’Dell (a married woman who Trump discusses in his video). She states “there is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter — not even in the ‘locker room’… The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling.”
We completely agree with what O’Dell has to say. There should absolutely be no tolerance of sexual objectification in our society. Let’s hope that the election on the 8th November brings good news.
As usual, let us know what you think in the comments down below!
– S x