I’ve been asked why I have not addressed the Elephant in the room (see what I did there?) of the Harvey Weinstein story. (I want to note that Silence does NOT equal consent.)
I’ve deliberately avoided it because Weinstein is a private citizen, he is not elected to anything, he does not represent (in the democratic sense) a population. I did not think that he deserved space on a C-level blog that concerns itself with poking fun at the pontificating poltroons.
I want to be very clear about this: Harvey Weinstein is a monster. He should be going to prison, not to some sort of therapy clinic for sex addicts.
And I want to be very clear about this, too: The Theocrats (of all the major religions and stripes) have hated women since the fall of Adam. They blame women for mankind being expelled from Paradise.
And lastly, I want to be clear that Conservatives (and not only the Theocrats) have never been concerned with women, except to try to control them.
This story is played out, everyday, in every industry across the country if not the world. From the boss who harasses the people (women and sometimes men: think Mark Foley and the teenage male Pages) who work for him (and it is almost always a him), to the church leader who orders people to bring him a virgin (think of the Jim Bakker accuser’s story), and everyone else up-and-down the food chain.
Liberal and Hollywood values did not create Harvey Weinstein, despite what Greater Winguttia is claiming. You can look to Trump, staff-banging serial adulterer Noot, Henry Hyde, and any other powerful disgraced conservative to see that this story is universal. This is about men being drunk with power (and often the power that money brings) and feeling entitled.
Here is the shorter version: men use money and privilege to take what they do not deserve. They feel they are entitled to a woman or women by a vengeful male God.
This is a story about bullying, power, and economics. I don’t need to give a recap of Feminist Theory, but I will say that the common denominator in all of this was how the Pill and Choice gave women autonomy over their own decisions, careers, and who they chose as partners (if at all). It’s why to this day conservatives go after those things: they are terrified about what it means about them if they are not chosen.
Weinstein is a man who (allegedly) used his power as a studio mogul to force himself on starlets (and probably others). This is shallow but true: he is a charmless, physically repulsive man who would have had no access to these women if he were not as powerful as he is/was. He could make or break a career in a heartbeat.
None of this is an excuse; there is no excuse. As I said at the top, Weinstein belongs in a prison. That he is not in one is the greatest indictment for our sexist society that I can think of.
All of you are heroes and heroes don’t let monsters win. Don’t let the Weinsteins of the world win this one. Be vocal, be supportive, be an allies for women. I regret that it took me this long to comment.