Thursday, October 13, 2016


I'm truly blessed to have one of the most beautiful women in the world as my life partner. Unfortunately, there is a downside. It seems that the prettier a woman is, the more some men believe that there is an open invitation to treat that woman like their own personal sex object.

I've lost count of the number of times Valerie has come to me, sometimes in tears, because some presumptuous man crossed a line, solely because he felt he could, solely because he thought he was entitled to say or do as he pleased with regard to those of the fairer sex.

Now we are faced with the poster child for this kind of behavior possibly being handed the keys to the country. The proportion of the public willing to overlook that behavior will be very telling about the direction of our nation. 

To support that vile monster is to endorse his behavior. To endorse his behavior is to say "It's fine. It's the way women deserve to be treated. It was fine that Valerie has been treated that way, that our mothers, our sisters, our daughters have been treated that way, & it's fine that they will continue to put up with it. Boys will be boys, after all."

If it's okay for a president to do it, it's okay for every man, for our brothers, for our sons.

No woman deserves that, not Val, nor any woman on this planet. If you can't see that, while I still love you, you cannot remain a part of my circle. You either have a poor grasp on what women have to put up with on a daily basis, or worse, you condone it.

I raised my sons to treat women with the utmost respect. They haven't been perfect. I, myself, can't claim to have always behaved like a perfect gentleman. This culture, let's call it what it is
Rape Culturehas gone on for far too long. It's time decent men rise up & speak out against Trump, speak out against the inhumanity of sexualizing others purely as a show of our power over them. If we are to salvage what's left of the little bit of decency our society is holding onto, we cannot afford to sit back silently. We have to rise up, speak out, & fight for change.


Adapted from a Facebook post

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