The silver lining to Trump’s ‘locker room talk’
When many of us first heard Donald Trump say he is so powerful he grabs women by the p****, we thought: Well, this just can't get any worse, especially if you're a mom intent on raising your daughter or son to respect themselves and treat everyone as equals. Things seemed glum for a few days — until women decided enough was enough and struck back in the smartest way possible. Several women have shared deeply personal sexual assault stories that prove Trump's words and his sexist attitude do matter. There haven't been many silver linings on all of the dark clouds plaguing this presidential campaign, and this may be the closest we're going to get.
Actress Amber Tamblyn has emerged in recent days as one of the more famous celebrities to come out swinging against Trump. Rather than taking the easy way out — because insulting either the GOP candidate or Hillary Clinton has become a game many of us play on any random Tuesday — Tamblyn posted this brutally honest message about her experience with sexual assault on Instagram, along with a not-so-flattering photo of Trump kissing Miss Universe.
Writer Kelly Oxford took the movement to discuss sexual assault openly one step further by encouraging women to share their stories with the hashtag #NotOkay. At one point during the weekend, Oxford took to Twitter to announce she was receiving two sex assault stories per second. Here are a few that, in a perfect world, would make the words "locker room talk" disappear from existence. The hope is that, by feeling no shame for what happened to them, these women will help others realize they aren't responsible for the actions and words of men who have assaulted them. As a mom, I can't think of a more important lesson for my daughter to learn to help her become a strong woman.
The more open we are about sexual assault, the more united we stand as women who will do everything in our power to demand more for our children.