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[Sexual Misconduct & Power Abuse]: Harvey Weinstein and Other Jerks in High Places
So there's been a recent wave of sexual harassment/sexual assault allegations against producer and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein
, but this is part of larger pattern both within the film industry and without. I could list a bunch of names here but we all know them. Producers, comedians, actors, tech leaders, politicians, and don't forget the Catholic Church--seems like any community even remotely insular where power is at all concentrated ends up with this problem.
This about sums up the current problem. As someone put it on Twitter, "What did Seth McFarlane know and why did he make this joke? Why did they all laugh?"
For powerful captains of industry who are trying not to get swept up in this tidal wave of people calling jerks out on shit, here's a handy guide on how not to harass women, courtesy its namesake:
The Rock is one of 538's current leading candidates for President in 2020, and also an actor.
For everyone else:
Is the tide actually turning here, now that more accusations seem to be coming to light? Or is it not turning at all, given our current President? Or is it not turning fast enough, given that even the actors and actresses coming out with their own stories in solidarity are too afraid of harming their careers to name names? What up with this tide, y'all.
Also, what can we do to help prevent sexual harassment and assault in these communities, from inside and from without? These people by definition escape punishment--Harvey Weinstein's big loss is that he's being ejected from a company that bears his name, which is the first part of any Batman story. He'll be fine. Do we need new laws (longer statutes of limitation)? New cultural movements? Or is progress inevitable and we should just to wait for people like Harvey to die off?
Things we are not doing here:
1. Defending sexual misconduct
2. Defending defending sexual misconduct
3. Blaming victims
4. Outing victims
5. Advocating violence against anybody
6. Talking about Trump in any specific way because we already have 90 threads for that
7. [anything else mods decree verboten in the course of this thread]
Debate and/or discourse GO! Let's try not to get this one locked, please.