Rape Culture at the American Presidential Debate
At first, I didn’t understand my own visceral reaction to the final question of the American presidential debate last night, which I am sure was intended as a simple call for civility.
Then I realized it. How many women, when standing beside a known sexual predator, have been told, “Honey, say something nice to him.” How many times have I, personally, had that experience?
We live in a society where the feelings of a male abuser, especially a rich and powerful abuser, are given too much priority.
While many Christian leaders are justifying their continued support for Donald Trump by boasting about their own capacity for forgiveness, Trump has used his “apologies” not to actually apologize, but to justify his behavior as normal and use his platform to cement rape culture in our society. Even if you feel forgiving about past actions, certainly the present act of normalizing rape culture should give pause.
And we don’t need to make his female opponent say something nice to him as a requisite part of the debate, lest that unapologetic man feel bad.