It’s been two months since Harvey Weinstein was fired and not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about the impact of our cultural come to Jesus
moment. How long will it continue and will it bring lasting change? Are we really one bad PR story from the whole thing collapsing? Will there be a backlash against women in response? As each new accusation comes to light, I’m equally disgusted and invigorated. It’s still
working! For once, we are listening to women brave enough to come forward, even when it implicates men we never imagined to be a threat. We’re pulling back the curtain to reveal the wide scope of sexual misconduct and the spectrum of men who commit it, AND we’re not raking women over the coals for reporting it. As someone who grew up watching Anita Hill’s testimony, it is akin to an alternative planet. Of course, there are plenty of people voicing anger or concern. Some question whether all men deserve the same career-ending outcome for crossing the line. Is it fair to apply the same punishment to Al Franken as Louis C.K.? I’m willing to acknowledge a grayscale of inappropriate behavior, but here’s the thing: NONE of it is ok. Either way, you’re going to get a professional time out to sit in a corner and think about what you did. As actress Amber Tamblyn states
The only way to enforce seismic, cultural change in the way men relate to women is to draw a line deep in the sand and say: This is what we will no longer tolerate. You’re either with our bodies or against our bodies. The punishment for harassment is you disappear. The punishment for rape is you disappear. The punishment for masturbation in front of us is you disappear. The punishment for coercion is you disappear.
We’ve seen a future where women are believed and men are held accountable, and personally, I never want to go back. I’m a feminist, which by definition means that I believe in equality for men and women. I’m not out to destroy the lives of men; I just want them to stop destroying the lives of women.