Al Franken is accused of groping breasts of multiple women.
Matt Lauer is accused of sending a sex toy to a female co-worker and explaining to her in detail how he wanted her to use it. Of taking his penis out of his pants in front of a female co-worker. Of having, for God’s sake, a button on the underside of his office desk, that he could push and have his door lock instantly without him getting up, so he could do whatever he wanted without fear of being interrupted.
The list goes on and on.
These are men who use their fame and status to abuse women.
It’s not the same as a couple of people semi-innocently flirting.
Not the same at all.
I don’t get how people don’t get that.
I get how men, especially, get in a position of power, and think they are above reproach. That any human being, especially a female, should be lucky to have them interested in them. Who frankly are lucky to breathe the same air as these men. Clearly, it happens frequently. More frequently in those circles than we wanted to know about. I truly believe it’s mostly the result of such an extreme inequality in power. They know/knew it was a he said/she said thing, and they were the powerful moguls; who would dare challenge them? So they got away with it.
Hell, it’s still going on in the White House. That Man has had 16 public complaints about him, and nothing. Call him Teflon Man, because nothing (so far) is sticking.
But don’t call this political correctedness. This is correcting bad situations that never should’ve happened in the first place. To call this political correctedness is another, latent/passive form of victim-shaming. There is SUCH a huge difference between these acts, and political correctedness…I can’t even…
Now I need to step away for a bit. This just pisses me off to no end.