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It creates a swell of awareness that this behavior is more rampant than we knew. We’re half of society, and we all have to live together on this planet. The best thing men can express in this movement is a show of no tolerance for inappropriate sexual behavior.
It makes people perpetrating these crimes profoundly uncomfortable at being outed. So how are the 94% supposed to contend with the 6% who are tarnishing our gender? He hit me in the face three times before I was thrown out of the bar. Too often, too much is being ignored and dismissed as “oh, he’s just being a man” (by both women and men).
The old co-worker who is an animal and human rights activist. Louisette Geiss, one of the women who accused Harvey Weinstein. I’ve never met one guy who has admitted to sexual assault. It may sound nice to think we’re going to get Derek to engage in a conversation with Brayden about the denigrating nature of catcalling, but it’s simply unrealistic. All seem distant until YOUR health care is cut or YOUR house is under water. Culture doesn’t absolve me.“Boys will be boys” doesn’t absolve me. I may not be responsible for other men, but I am responsible for my own actions and inactions.
The girl I went to summer camp with in the early ‘90s. The entertainment lawyer who danced with me at a friend’s wedding. Thanks to #Me Too, I know way too many women who have been sexually assaulted.
”I flash back to a rape awareness lecture during college orientation.
Do we actually need another voice in the cacophony condemning Weinstein, or are the millions of women who are telling their #Me Too stories good enough? Is it anything like the silence of the enablers at Miramax, or the Hollywood community who turned a blind eye because “hey, what are you gonna do?
Something can come across either as derogatory or as a compliment. It doesn’t become a problem until it is expressed in a demeaning, controlling, threatening, or purposely disrespectful way.
I learned that none of those things mattered because this is a human problem that shouldn’t be impacted by my relationships with women. And it forced me to think: Are my female Facebook friends taking my silence as a lack of sympathy?He obviously lacks respect (and fear) of women, so even a group of women confronting him might not get very far.And if a man realizes that his behavior is not “normal” to other men, he might think twice to begin with.Which leaves pretty much every sympathetic man in a bit of a bind. Most men agree there should be consequences for perpetrators of sexual harassment. I wonder if I have anything in common with Weinstein, Ailes, and Trump. Oftentimes, people get away with this behavior not only because women do not report it, but also because men can turn a “blind eye” and ignore it.
Most men will never fully understand what it’s like to be objectified at a young age or repeatedly threatened by men of greater strength or power. Or struggle to square the staggering statistics with our own limited experience. The less other men ignore the issue, the less comfortable it will be for those people to behave that way (commit the crime).
If all those men, however, would tell him that was a little over the top and rather uncalled-for, he was just knocked down a few notches by his own peers. Oftentimes, men who commit those crimes are not necessarily the most physically powerful.