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Actual German headline: “Ist Donald Trump ein Sexmonster?”

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  This is an actual headline about the US election, published in the German tabloid <a href="http://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/donald-trump/ist-trump-ein-sexmonster-48280890.bild.html" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Bild</a> on Friday. It translates to: “Is Donald Trump a sex monster?”</p>   <figure>         <img alt=" " src="http://epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Screen20Shot202016-10-1420at204.24.4820PM.png" />       <cite>(<a href="http://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/donald-trump/ist-trump-ein-sexmonster-48280890.bild.html" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Bild</a>)</cite>   </figure> <p>The word “sexmonster” sounds pretty hilarious, and in some contexts it can be. According to one native speaker consulted for this story, calling your significant other a sex monster is a compliment, for reasons I’m sure you can figure out. But when you call a stranger that, it’s saying they act monstrously about sex: that they are a “triebtäter,” or sex offender. That’s what is going on in this headline.</p> <p>Bild doesn't give an answer to its own question; the piece under the headline is mostly a rundown of the allegations rather an attempt to draw conclusions about whether they’re true. But the fact that it's even asking the question is revealing enough.</p> <p>When Americans elect a president, they’re not just picking a chief executive or role model at home: They are picking the person who represents their country to the rest of the world. Whoever voters choose for the top office is America’s public face to the world.</p> <p>Electing Donald Trump would send a clear signal: The American people want to be led by a man who has been credibly accused of sexual assault by 11 different women. That this is the person who is best suited to represent their values and beliefs as a country. That this, world, is what America is about.</p> <p>The Bild headline shows how this looks to the rest of the world, in very stark terms. People elsewhere watch the past week of reporting, and wonder: “Do Americans really want a sex monster for their president?”</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.vox.com/authors/emily-crockett" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Emily Crockett</a></em><em> contributed German-language reporting to this piece.</em>

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