Crikey, #MeToo even has its own Wikipedia page with a list of VIPs who’d responded to actress Melissa Milano’s original…Tweet, post Harvey Weinstein accusations. Also included are about 14 international similar hashtags, and a list of related hashtags. Ack, the following (hundreds?) of Public Figures have been mentioned on the hundreds of thousands (and growing) hashtags on Twittr and Facebook “when discussing their experiences with inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature (including but not limited to harassment, assault, etc.) or gender discrimination”.
So the names on the list are just suggested as being in one or more of those categories? Is this akin to being found guilty by social media outrage? Are the numbers of Retweets even further damning ‘evidence’?
I’d been wondering aloud to Mr. wd the other day if there are any Twitter hashtags dedicated to women who’ve been accused of similar behaviors, or even men accusing other men of the same things. And lo and behold, I’d been following a story and ended up at the Boston Globe, and had spied this on the right sidebar: ‘Four men allege sexual misconduct by Senate president’s husband’, Nov. 11. (Bryon Hefner, then the fiancé of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg)
Are men loth to report the same or similar behaviors given that males are strong, women are weak physically theme? Surely if a lot of these behaviors are about the imbalance of power, women might be engaging in it, no? But in 2010 the CDC reported that 40% of all domestic violence is against males, not that I mean to conflate domestic violence with sexual assaults, etc.
But moving on, I’d seen a story about Terry Crews, former football player, now actor, and he spoke about his male Hollywood talent agent grabbing his package. How does someone not reflexively raise a knee when assaulted like that? Are many afraid of coming forward believing they’d be slut-shamed as (gasp) closeted gays? IIRC, Crews had mentioned that possibility.
Zo. I began thinking that Jason’s one guise as #MeThree was reflecting those issues, but largely it seems it’s a reactionary response to #MeToo, although there are so many overlaps on these accounts, as with #HimThough. HimThough? wth? Here’s #HowIwillChange on twitter.
But the accused are dropping like flies, being asked to ‘step down’ from Congress, fired summarily because the women accusers are ‘believable’, ‘more have come forward’, etc. Or: just jumping on the bandwagons because they’re being invited to?
Now according to two pieces at wsws.org, the NewYorkSlimes is huuuuge in this movement, apparently getting able assists by Bezos’s WaPo.
‘Repressive political agenda of the “sexual harassment” campaign comes into the open’, David Walsh, 28 November 2017, wsws.org
“This campaign has nothing to do with protecting women—especially working-class women—against sexual harassment, let alone criminal violence and other forms of exploitation and repression. With each passing day, the reactionary, anti-democratic and socially and politically repressive political agenda of the current media-driven campaign is becoming increasingly explicit.
Anyone foolish or naïve enough to be roped in by it ought to be brought to their senses by some of the filth that is emerging, including the demented article by Stephen Marche in this Sunday’s New York Times on the brutality of the male libido, which states that self-castration may be one answer to the problem.” [snip]
“Approaching matters from a slightly different angle, the Sunday Times column (“The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido”) by Marche, a Toronto-based writer well connected to the Canadian media and political establishment, is simply unhinged.
Marche refers to “the nature of men in general,” “the grotesquerie of their sexuality,” “the ugly and dangerous nature of the male libido,” “the implicit brutality of male sexuality” and cites the contention of the ultra-reactionary “radical feminist” Andrea Dworkin that “the only sex between a man and a woman that could be undertaken without violence was sex with a flaccid penis.” Marche goes on to invoke, approvingly by virtue of its context, the example of “the great [third century A.D.] Catholic theologian Origen,” who “castrated himself.”
“Implying that sex is a disease, Marche asserts that “there remains no cure for human desire.” What, then, should be done about it? Referencing Freud, he writes: “The idea of the Oedipus complex contained an implicit case for the requirements of strenuous repression: If you let boys be boys, they will murder their fathers and sleep with their mothers.”
“Is his self-loathing a posture, designed to curry favor with the gender politics crowd, or is it genuine? Perhaps only Mr. Marche can answer this question. But whatever the answer, his sick and rotten ideas are being published in the New York Times. Only a deeply reactionary political agenda makes use of such polluted conceptions.”
“The contempt for democratic rights in the sexual harassment campaign comes out more and more clearly.
Increasingly, commentators flaunt their lack of concern about the innocence or guilt of those accused.
Teen Vogue columnist Emily Lindin explained on Twitter: “I’m actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false allegations of sexual assault or harassment” and, later, “If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay.”
Olivia Goldhill headlined her piece at Quartz, “Naming abusers online may be ‘mob justice’ but it’s still justice.” Goldhill doesn’t seem to get the point of the phrase “mob justice,” i.e., that it is no justice at all.”
After a scathing mini-review of Christine Emba’s Washington Post column, “Let’s rethink sex”, he polemicizes:
“Where is this rubbish coming from? Out of this backwardness will appear—much to the surprise and dismay of some—efforts to outlaw all sorts of sexual activity, including extramarital sex, or “fornication” as Emba refers to it, gay marriage and other forms of sexuality disapproved of by the new Victorians.”
Side note: many of the 167 comments took issues w/ Walsh.)
Re: Being asked to hop aboard bandwagons, this morning’s OMG ‘‘The public humiliation and destruction of Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine’; 5 December 2017, wsws.org
“The sexual misconduct campaign in the US is metastasizing and in its reactionary sweep and recklessness borrowing elements from the McCarthyite purges of the 1950s, the New England witch trials of the 1690s and even the Inquisition of the late Middle Ages.
The Times is leading the gutter press in actively soliciting allegations, claims or rumors about alleged sexual misdeeds and heresies—heterosexual and homosexual alike—committed by prominent individuals. The newspaper has devoted considerable resources to tracking down such stories for the purposes of blackening a given personality’s name and eviscerating him or her.” [nip]
The editorial cites age of consent ages in the three states, etc., and notes that Levine wasn’t charged with any crime, and that the Slimes quoted Peter Gelb, the general manager of the opera as saying “Since I’ve been at the Met there has not been a single instance of somebody coming forward to make a complaint, ever, about Levine in recent Met history.”
“The Metropolitan’s action is a cowardly capitulation to the hysteria incited by the filthy New York Times, whose demented publisher and editors are sniffing the bed sheets of the nation in search of sexual malefactors. As it publishes new denunciations each day, the newspaper calls on the public to keep it supplied with reports of sexual heresy.
Given the fact that until recently homosexuals were forced in many cases to conceal their sexual orientation and lead double lives, and that this, in fact, remains the situation for prominent gay people in various fields today, the particular vulnerability of homosexual performers and celebrities is obvious. The venomous attack on and “disappearing” of Kevin Spacey was not accidental. The theater, film and arts are being especially targeted, with an unmistakable whiff of the Nazi assault on “degenerate art.”
…which I assume implies that Levine is gay? Yes, some of the commenters quoted the accusing student’s name in the Times OP. “abused over 100 times? for years? non-consensual, then? Ach; who can say? He really really wanted to learn violin from Levine?
“The Times is offering itself up here as the authoritative, intrusive moral bedrock of American society in these troubling days of “fake news” and “Russian propaganda.”
Having repudiated the social reforms of the New Deal and the Great Society periods, the political establishment seems bent on repudiating the “sexual revolution” as well.”
And of course this society (if one can call it a single unit) and many other cultures have long been sexist, and often misogynist as well. But when I read a woman on #MeToo reporting that ‘accusation against X for sexual harassment in the workplace threw me into a recurrence of my original PTSD when I was harassed 20 years ago are’ minimizing the issue of actual rape. But one shouldn’t be allowed to make an accusation (especially anonymously) that lead to firings and ruined careers that Teen Vogue columnist Emily Lindin can live with”.
See the figures cited in ‘‘The Need for a Cultural Shift on Gender-based Violence’, by Laura Finley, Dec. 5, Counterpunch.
Her personal story is so snooze-worthy for most any working woman’s life that it didn’t even cause a ripple with me, although I’m quite a bit older, but that’s part of her point. The last 45 years of my life were spent as an ‘accidental feminist’. That was the day that some #Asshat pinched my bum when waiting on him at a restaurant/bar in Breckenridge, CO, and I whipped off my apron, threw it on the bar…and walked out, telling the manager: “fuck that.” And got a job on a construction crew, along with my friend Betsy.
Just for those who’d participated at Firedoglake back in the day, Quentin Tarantino had weighed in on Harvey Weinstein saying “Tarantino on Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did’
Periodically I’d peek into her twit account to see what might be up with her, including her health, when one day I’d seen she’d tweeted for the first and only time since Nov. 2014:
(She’d worked with him on ‘Natural Born Killers’.) Oh, my; here’s the account one of the Jody Cantor’s account; lotta dirt there. @jodikantor
‘NY Times investigative reporter, author, CBS contributor. I’ll have mine truthful, with a side of dark chocolate.’
Meanwhile, Herr Trump is still Tweedle-Deeing his support for Roy Monroe with a twist on FDR’s quote:
‘He may be a pedophile, but hell, he’s OUR pedophile!’
Please weigh in at will. Will anything useful come of it, even a coming mini-documentary? Will it help stop ubiquitous prison rape of either gender? Or is just another major distraction by way of the NYT and WaPo hoping no one notices how much inequality and brutal oppression of the rabble classes is afoot in Amerika, as wsws posits? from the Wiki:
“On October 15, 2017, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged spreading the phrase as part of an awareness campaign to show the scale and ubiquity of the problem, tweeting: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Way-ull, yay-uss, the magnitude…
Will making sure that more women are in the top echelons of corporate Amerika help?
Or any Congressional bills such as “Congresswoman Jackie Speier has introduced a bill aimed at making sexual harassment complaints easier to report on Capitol Hill.” We know how much good it did when the military made it easier to report rape, don’t we?
Cheryl Sandberg thinks they’ll be a backlash from all this, and women will be less likely to be hired.
From the Independent’s Annie Corchoran: The so-called ‘tipping point’ for sexual harassment has come and gone, and nothing’s really changed
“Those at the top need to readdress the balance of power and create an environment which not only condemns sexual assault but also seeks justice for the victims. The best a victim can hope for is that her accuser is shamed in the media for a few days and loses a job or two before everything goes back to normal. And that’s just not good enough.”
Will #HowIWillChange stem the tide?
bet ya can take the NYT’s facts straight to the bank: