There was plenty of talk during the election about how then-candidate Donald Trump was actively contributing to "rape culture." The term emerged in the 1970s, to define the society-wide green light of various types of harassment and violence against women, up to and including rape. As feminist author Emilie Buchwald describes it, "In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable." Trump's contribution to this kind of society was not difficult to see, especially in light of the infamous Access Hollywood tape that recorded him bragging about sexual assault. It was hardly the only example.
Then, candidate Trump became President Trump. News coverage understandably shifted to the usual topics of presidential concern: cabinet appointees, foreign policy, the budget, health care, tax reform, and so on.
But as Trump nears the seminal 100-day mark, it is illuminating to review all the ways he and his administration continue to allow, legitimize, and even encourage rape culture. In fact, the content of the examples below surprised even me, which suggests Trump has reprised another vestige of his campaign days: winning the news cycle. Perhaps it's not hard to do when you're POTUS.
Either way, here is what Trump and his team have been doing, with very little media attention, to encourage rape culture: