At this writing it is nine days before the 2016 election, undoubtedly the most important election in our lifetimes. The election has been marred by the sexist antics of both Donald Trump and Anthony Wiener, whose ex-wife Huma Abedin unfortunately had some emails from Weiner on her computer which exploded the whole story last night.
By the time you are reading this we probably know the outcome of the election, but what interests me now is the fact that these emails were the result of a Congressman sending sexual messages to a 15 year old girl, the same man who was previously caught mailing his own penis pictures to women. Moreover, much of the latest weeks of the election have been dominated by Trump’s bad behavior toward women, at an entirely immature and sexist level.
As a man, I am embarrassed. As an American, I am embarrassed by this whole election. Many men were quick to step forward and say they don’t act that way in locker rooms, and for most that is true. But there is a lot of locker room talk that would also be embarrassing if it came out that doesn’t go to an assault level, but is chauvinistic and demeaning toward women none the less.