Trump’s perception of women is a cliché. Our culture connects sex to power on a regular basis. Increased availability of sex as a sign of wealth, power and control reside within a strain of American culture. You know it, and I know it. Money and sex are so deeply twisted together in pop culture that it’s nearly impossible to distinguish between the two.
This manifests itself in cultural beacons like Bill Clinton, every awesome mobster movie, Don Draper from Mad Men, the adorable Playboy bunny, “Kimye,” the iconic TV show, Sex and the City, pop music, and Trump–as the result of his hit show, The Apprentice.
As far as I can recall viewers delighted in Trump’s comical sexist persona. He was an outrageous character, and he wasn’t associated with stability at all. He is a wacky businessman known to use women as glue for his broken self-confidence.
Trump once said in a 1990 Playboy interview, “I think any man enjoys flirtations, and if he said he didn’t, he’d be lying or he’d be a politician trying to get the extra four votes. I think everybody likes knowing he’s well responded to. Especially as you get into certain strata where there is an ego involved and a high level of success, it’s important. People really like the idea that other people respond well to them.”
Audiences may have confused Trump’s comedic persona for good acting when in fact he was being authentic–something Hillary Clinton pointed out at the 10/9/16 debate when she said something to the effect of, “he has already shown us who he is.” Clearly Trump is a victim of this problematic sexist ideological schema.
He doesn’t realize it, but Trump is a product of our media. However, his extreme and overly aggressive word choices are the result of his own self-involved personality. What jolly billionaires fail to recognize (or choose to ignore) is that the sexist verbal banter incites oppressive cultural ideas and criminal physiological responses in the real world.