Monday, November 27, 2017
Ending a model of abuse
It's been nearly two months, and a geologic age, since the New York Times ran its initial report on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual predation. It's difficult to think of any piece of journalism that has ever wrought such an instant change in American life. First, more allegations against Weinstein flooded in, and then against other Hollywood, media, and political figures, many of them rapidly defenestrated upon credible allegations of sexual misconduct.
A heightened awareness around sexual harassment is roiling multiple industries in what is a low-grade cultural revolution.
Any revolution has its pitfalls.
There will be false allegations that will be believed. There will be a conflation of relatively minor infractions with criminal acts.
And, in all likelihood, there will be an over-correction that will create its own wrongs. But a model of predation practiced by scruple-less powerful men is getting destroyed before our eyes, and it's a very good thing.
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