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Just how dangerous is ‘locker room’ talk?

HOUSTON — Listen up! There's a lot of "talk" these days about cringe worthy comments creeping into the presidential campaign. The most controversial, audio from Donald Trump picked up by some hot mics more than a decade ago.

While some are passing off these statements as just harmless "locker-room talk" or something that happens in private. Others point out how powerful words can be. Houston resident Carlos Flores says, "Words definitely hurt. I mean, at the end of the day your own self-esteem is based on your feelings. If your feelings get hurt, then that's more painful than even physical abuse."

Of course, everybody has the right to say whatever they want, for the most part. So is "locker room talk" just a matter of freedom of speech? Or does lewd language reflect a greater danger in our society? Rebekah Matthews from Houston says, "It would be great if people didn't think that way. But you can't control someones thoughts and people are gonna say what they wanna say. I wish our society lived more by the golden rule. You know, respect everybody the way you would want to be respected. But we're not."

We can probably all agree, respect has been lacking on both sides of the political line this election season. Rob Saint says, "Men and women objectify each other, basically. And as far as running for political office, and being in the public eye, when you speak everybody listens. Whether you know it or not. So you have to be mindful of what you say once you become a public figure."

We could all use a friendly reminder! If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.