The War on Women

Four out of Five Men Agree that there is no War on Women

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.

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8 Responses to The War on Women

  1. purplehead says:

    So then there is this: “Weinstein Company Agrees to a Rescue Investment From Colony Capital”.

    “The two sides will begin negotiations over selling some or all of the studio’s assets to Colony, which is led by Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a financier who is one of President Trump’s closest advisers.

    …Mr. Barrack is an old friend of President Trump. He was a fund-raiser for the presidential campaign, spoke at the Republican National Convention last year in support of his friend, and was chairman of Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee.”

    OK, then. Betcha the new company won’t be funding Michael Moore movies, anymore. For example.

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  2. Laura says:

    Save your regret Tengrain. It’s not regretable to wait to comment on an issue while facts and details are still in play.
    Your thoughtful comment, and the heart behind the comment is on point.
    This is about power and subjegation and not limited to women, as Terry Crews can attest. Although the level of hatred of women adds an extra-special dynamic to the abuse of power.
    Now go on and help yourself to an “atta boy” from the petty cash box and get back to being awesome! Those goats aren’t going to rodeo themselves.

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  3. The only reason Greater Wingnuttia cares one whit about Weinstein is because he’s a convenient cudgel to beat Democrats with, and it gives tools like Cilizza little stiffies because they can Blame Hillary! (cue the South Park ‘Blame Canada’ song, which really should be filked to ‘Blame Hillary’ because it’s emblematic of the Dem infighting that the Goopers so love ) and bothsides the HELL out of it.

    You’re right: Harvey is a private citizen, not elected to any post and is one more representative of the deeply entrenched sexist patriarchy of the world today. And a monster.

    So is the shitgibbon-in-chief, and he definitely IS an elected official. And the vice shitgibbon-in-chief who apparently cannot manage to keep himself from raping any woman he’s alone with so he must always be accompanied by his beard ‘Mother’. yet another monster.

    We’re ruled by monsters…you would think that would get some notice now and again…

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  4. tommyspoon says:

    Speaking as another worker in the Entertainment Industry, I really only have 2 things to say about HW: 1. Good riddance to bad rubbish. 2. I hope more gatekeepers like him fall.

    Whether you know it or not, ‘grain, you’ve been a victim of HW, too. We all have. There is no telling how many stories or talents that we were prevented from enjoying all due to the whims of this monster. Most people think that Hollywood is an egalitarian sort of place: if you have a good idea or a good story it will get made, eventually. But that’s far from true, and it has always been that way. But maybe now things are starting to change. It’s like turning a cruise ship, it takes time.

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  5. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    The long-term solution is supporting women-owned companies, in all industries. If women can bypass the old boy network, real change can occur.

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