It would be easy to write off the US election as a depressing time for women, globally.
After all, there's the way in which Hillary's supposed "lack of likability" seems to be an issue for her in a way that it's not for Trump, a man. There's the fact that Hillary Clinton's husband's infidelities continue to haunt her. And then of course there's *those* "pussy grabbing" comments.
Let’s call it Locker-room-gate; Trump's on-tape confession to sexual assault as he boasted to George W Bush’s cousin: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything!”
Dismissing the tape as decade-old “locker room” banter, Trump, as he bleeds away his approval ratings, is desperately trying re-focus the assault conversation back onto the Democrats (by making accusations against Bill Clinton) as a “you do it too” race to the bottom. And he is missing the point.
Because here’s the thing: we’re witnessing a historic moment. Jokey, blokey banter about sexual assault is no longer being silently tolerated and condoned.
And even better, men are joining in the conversation about what’s acceptable.
NBA basketball superstar, and a regular in the locker room, LeBron James has recently come out clearly stating that “We don’t disrespect women in no shape of fashion in our locker room.”
American soccer player for L.A. Galaxy, Robbie Rogers tweeted he was “offended” at the locker room line as the hashtag #lockerroomtalk continues to trend on twitter.
But our favourite response?
All we can hope is that young men around the world are listening to likes of LeBron James and Robbie Rogers, and not Trump.