In a new essay for Time, Jill Soloway describes being “simultaneously sickened and thrilled” when last week’s leaked tape of Donald Trump and Billy Bush emerged. The reasons for the former reaction are self-evident, while the “Transparent” creator says she was thrilled because “what men say behind closed doors” was “finally out in the public.”
Citing this so-called “locker-room talk” as an example of toxic masculinity, Soloway then argues that “locker-room rules mean men’s locker-room rules, these rules of toxic testosterone, this inner sanctum where the dark rules are obvious: we leave our wives and sisters and daughters out of it, but all the other ones are fair game.” Trump has received widespread condemnation for his comments on the tape, which have been the subject of countless headlines since last Friday.
Soloway’s thoughts on this and related problems — the “boys will be boys” excuse, otherization and binary conceptions — are expectedly insightful. “The sooner we acknowledge the continuum on which our lives exist,” she writes near the end, “the sooner we’ll respect each other and embrace our glorious diversity.” Read the full article here.