It is interesting how the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are now both intimately embroiled in scandals regarding male-female rape. Trump, for boasting in a typically vulgar, alpha-male fashion about his sexual conquests, and Clinton, for covering up and defending her husband from multiple sexual harassment and rape charges.
For all I know, Trump has also fought off rape charges; he has certainly confessed to rapey gropings. But we do know for sure that, back in the 1990s, Hillary maligned her husband’s accusers, worked mightily against them behind the scenes. And thus found herself the de facto enemy of contemporary American (that is, feminist as well as Christian) sex mores.
There is a certain degree of hypocrisy on the part of both sides. To make much of the one and not the other seems unsustainable, morally.
Though I suppose one might make the case that Trump comes off as the more honest. The full statement of his that caused so much scandal was that rich and powerful men can get away with sexual misconduct that most men cannot get away with. Alas, this is obviously true. Hillary’s Bill is living proof of that. He got away with multiple rape and sexual harassment charges. Most folks, today, seem oblivious, utterly unconcerned, even today, about his many trips on a supporter’s “statutory rape” plane. And we know how Hillary’s husband got away with it: Hillary and her many friends in the press worked mightily to spin all the stories in his favor.
Or ignore them entirely.
If sexual misconduct is a big issue for you, advantage Trump, but not by much. An honest horned goat is still a horned goat. Or, switch the metaphor. Make it baboon. A species known for displays of sexually aggressive behavior to signal alpha status.
It interests me that so many voters are enough obsessed with power and political advantage that they could forgive their candidate such behavior . . . if not the opponent candidate. But few of these people would forgive their neighbor for such conduct. (I hope.) But most folks apparently so strongly yearn for an alpha male in charge — or an alpha female — that they will shrug and vote for their candidate. Turn a blind eye. Cover their ears. Speak no evil . . . against theirs and theirs alone.
This suggests something very interesting. Since no single voter’s vote determines an election, this means that, from a practical political point of view, each voter’s vote is costless — and this suggests to me that most folks who vote Trump or Clinton do not care about matters of sexual probity much at all. Demonstrated preference. If you say you support something but effectively demonstrate no such support when the cost of such support is near zero, you are a hypocrite.
If voters did care about rape and sexual misconduct, they’d vote Johnson or Stein. Who have no such scandals dogging them.
So, radical feminists may be right; there is a rape culture in heterosexual America: it can be found among the voters who overlook sexual misconduct and its valorization when they cast their votes for either Clinton or Trump.