- Trump video, some Republicans' denunciation of his treatment of women is opportunity for discussion, says Ruth Ben-Ghiat
- She says same men and women have long sought to control womens' bodies by overturning abortion rights
- Ben-Ghiat: Trump's talk and actions might also prompt us to reexamine our notions of American masculinity
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University. Her latest book is "Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Once again, courtesy of Donald Trump and the Republican Party, women's bodies are headline news in this election. We've heard him talk about how women are supposed to look and act. We've heard him demean and humiliate women and call them disgusting, pigs and slobs. We've seen him dissect the physical ailments and qualities of Hillary Clinton the way he would a farm or laboratory animal.