These High School Athletes Had The Best Response To The 'Locker Room Talk' Debate

“Sexual assault is not locker room banter.”

After Donald Trump dismissed his controversial leaked comments about women as "locker room talk," high school students took a stand by showing what discussions really sound like in their athletic facilities.

On Oct. 13, athletes from Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon shared a photo on Facebook in which six high school boys are seen wearing shirts that say "wild feminist." The athletes play football, basketball, soccer and cross country, respectively.


The photo is captioned: "sexual assault is not locker room banter." As of Tuesday, the post has been shared over 12,000 times.

"It's very important to speak out about this, because it has to be known that there are men out there that support women and women's rights," Rhys Atkinson, pictured on the far left in the photo, told The Huffington Post. "I believe in the equality of everyone. Everyone deserves the same rights, and it's not fair that women can be degraded through speech or actions."

He also made it clear that words like those in the leaked tape are not "locker room talk."

"As an athlete I spend a lot of time in the locker room, and I'm around plenty of other athletes, and we definitely don't talk in a way that could degrade women," he said. "Generally, I talk about what I want to do in my future for sports." 

As the photo gained traction, other athletes joined in and uploaded pictures of them inside locker rooms wearing "Wild Feminist" T-shirts. Below is Olympic fencer Miley Chamley-Watson and Portland Timbers soccer player Zarek Valentin. 

Regardless of what others may say, it's clear that there are a lot of athletes out there who would much rather talk about gender equality than "locker room talk."

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