Harvey Weinstein's despicable behavior may have a positive outcome for women? The fame of many of his victims has brought national attention to a subject women have known a long time. The fact that many of the famous women, and Weinstein himself, are Democrats have Republicans excited to report it. Democrats sin. Take your attention off alleged presidential treason, tax evasion, and money laundering. Republicans are also delighted about the Democratic party making a deal with pre-convention Hillary Clinton.
As a Bernie supporter, I'm seriously annoyed with the Democratic party. I addictively watch news about the varied investigations into the Russian scandal. T whines he wants investigations into HC's emails whenever he's in trouble though authorities have already said HC made poor decisions without breaking the law. Let's get to the main issue that effects everybody, sexism.
I'm delighted to hear men talking about the topic. Granted, a sorry amount of those men seem to completely miss the point of the subject, but they're talking. It's a start.
Sexism isn't about sex. It's domination and bullying. Offenders are often married or in relationships. They get consensual sex. Harassing a woman at work makes them feel powerful. In no way is this a "flattering" or "friendly". Here's some statistics...
- Nearly 1 in 5 women report being raped.
- About 1 in 20 women experienced sexual violence other than rape in the last 12 months.
- 20% of all US crime is domestic violence and it is the leading cause of injury for women. The FBI estimates violence will occur in 2/3 of all marriages."
That's enough statistics. It's a violent world. That violence follows us through office doors. The greatest tragedy is that the violence is tacitly condoned by the powers that be. Human Resources departments exist to protect companies. Policemen are often child abusers and wife beaters. Laws are written to protect men in power. Victims fear to band together because they are afraid they'll lose their positions.
Many otherwise good people seem blind to reality. Maybe Weinstein's abuses finally breaks through decades of concrete bubbles around other abusers? When Bill O'Reilly was outed, many enjoyed his downfall without much sympathy to his quickly forgotten victims. When Anita Hill testified to Congress, she was criticized and diminished while Clarence Thomas was given a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
Sexism is a huge topic that effects women at work and at home. I suppose it takes some famous women to make the point, but it happens to your mom, aunt, sister, daughter, niece, friend, neighbor, and maybe to you. Also, as Kevin Spacey demonstrated, not all victims are female.
Keep talking. Don't let this bubble fade without awareness and change.
This art is something I did for American Mensa's Bulletin magazine. In this context, it's a reminder that the world can be a place of comfort and support between genders.