Power and Privilege
During the 2016 presidential election, there had been recorded footage of Republican candidate Donald Trump, sharing his inappropriate views on women. In the released recording Trump is bragging about how he can basically do whatever he wants to women, because he is famous and, according to him only, "they" let him. These past few weeks media outlets have been reporting numerous stories of women speaking out about sexual harassment/assault involving a few of our favorite public figures. The New York Times published an article bringing forth decades worth of sexual assault allegations pinned on the media mogul Harvey Weinstein. NBC fired Matt Lauer from the Today show based on claims he was sexual harassing women, and in more very recent news, music icon Russell Simmons voluntarily stepped down from companies he founded, on account of sexual harassment allegations.
There's a trend happening here, its a revolution almost. Women (and some men) are finally speaking their truth. In this patriarchal society money is power and money is privilege. These men, with all their fame, money and influence, think as if anything they want, they can get it. They view women as objects and figure, because of their social status they essentially do whatever they want with women, with or without their consent. It doesn't surprise me Russell Simmons is in the middles of a sexual harassment scandal, it doesn't surprise me that politicians such as Republican John Conyers is under investigation for sexual harassment in the workplace. What is done in the dark, always comes to light. According to the LA Times, who published an article titled, "Congress Caught Up In The Sexual Misconduct Scandals. Will It Police Its Own?" Michael Finnegan stated, "Over the last two decades, the congressional Office of Compliance has approved $17 million in settlements and awards for workplace complaints, including sexual harassment cases." The government spends millions of dollars to keep women silent and oppressed. Unconsciously enabling these sick minded men and essentially allowing such behavior.
Finally, women have found their voices amongst intimidating and egotistical men.
Men need to be condemned for their misogynistic behavior. Paying a women to keep silent about her unlikeable experiences with a public figure, is sending out the message, "you can grab women by the pussy and do whatever you want." Finally, women have found their voices amongst intimidating and egotistical men. Finally, even after decades of oppression, women found their strength to speak out and people are taking heed. In our rape culture, the men are seen as the victims, as we are seen as false accusers, liars and promiscuous. God forbid a woman is undeniably beautiful, comfortable with her sexuality, yet doesn't try to use her assets to get ahead. God forbid, a woman is not into using sex as means to advance in her career.
Its not just women who need to speak a little louder, men need to speak out when their male friends are displaying inappropriate behaviors towards women too. Turning a blind eye and not talking about it, is just as much the same as being apart of the problem. You're not a man, you're a coward, if you see inappropriate behavior taking place and do nothing about it. We all know of Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood movie director and creator of the franchise Kill Bill, and we also know he's commander coward. Tarantino knew for decades of the unwelcoming sexual actions of his friend Weinstien, yet continued to do business with him. The New York Times reported in an article titled, Tarantino on Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did’, by Jodi Kantor,"In the hourlong conversation, Mr. Tarantino, 54, apologized for not doing more while also explaining why; admitted his own culpability while also calling for sweeping change in Hollywood’s treatment of women; and condemned Mr. Weinstein, 65, while acknowledging their father-son closeness." Actions speak louder than words. The actions of these men, has cost the government millions, left devastating damages on their victims and created a domino effect in our society that allows this kind of behavior. Let your actions speak louder than your words and be the change you wish to see. Change our rape culture and change how men view women as their own personal objects for entertainment.