Weinstein’s Sexual Misconduct is An Issue of Abuse of Power and Not Political

Weinstein and politics
15 Oct, 2017

Weinstein’s Sexual Misconduct is An Issue of Abuse of Power and Not Political

When it comes to the present controversy about “Weinstein,” it would probably serve the issue best if politics, in terms of what party is in the right and what party is in the wrong, were left out of it. Turning the issue into something to use to support a political agenda blocks the public from being able to see it simply as an issue of how difficult things become when perpetrators of sexual misconduct are in positions of power (whether these individuals are support the political right or the left).

The way things have been convoluted into arguments about hypocrisy only show the hypocrisy of whoever is making these arguments. You either support sexual misconduct or you don’t. Yes, Hillary’s husband was impeached for sexual misconduct, and in my mind this should have disqualified Hillary from being able to run (there should be a law that a candidate cannot run in they have an impeached husband because it does confuse the issues and result in hypocrisy). But also yes, Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct also and should have been disqualified as well for the same reasons (it does confuse the issue and results in hypocrisy). How can a law-giver effectively create laws in support of women’s rights and in protection of them if he has been caught on tape stating he takes pleasure in kissing and groping beautiful women without their permission. Even according to Trump, when you are famous and powerful you can get away with that kind of thing, “You can do anything.” It only seems fair that if Weinstein is thrown out of the academy that Trump should be thrown out of office as well.

As for people attacking Hollywood for knowing and not doing anything, one could say this of our whole culture in general. The real problem with sexual misconduct involving people in positions of power is that victims and those who are bystanders are afraid to do or say anything or to rock the boat. Whether it occurs on the casting couch, in the family home, or at the workplace,  speaking out against sexual assault can result in being ostracized, libeled, further persecuted, disbelieved, or out of a job. When it comes to going up against a person who is very powerful, even victims who have had the support of others and the money to pay for expensive lawyers can end up with nothing but feeling more beaten and bruised. Some people have attempted to subtly come out in safe ways. For example, Courtney Love in 2005 tried to allude to what was going on with Weinstein, prefacing that she didn’t want to be sued for libel for saying anything. The truth is, in a world where money and power rule everything, nothing much was done. And this is the issue. Not that Hollywood is a hypocrite. If Hollywood is a hypocrite than a finger should be pointed at the whole of Western World.

Also, shaming anti-Trump celebrities for exposing sexual misconduct, believing it is wrong, is confusing and gives mixed messages. Just so Trump supporters know, it doesn’t really convince non-supporters to change their stance through attacking victims. Some of the attacks going on subtly have the message ringing beneath them: “If you’ve been sexually assaulted, never reported it, and commented against Trump’s pussy grabbing statements then you should keep your mouth shut because saying anything will mean you are a hypocrite.”

Trump supporters are also using the Weinstein controversy to show they believe what Weinstein did is wrong and that supporters of Weinstein who are on the left should feel bad about supporting him. This only shows Trump supporters own hypocrisy as they support a president who there are some common threads. In attempting to discredit Hillary supporters, they end up doing a disservice to their own cause. When both parties are guilty, the you know the issue isn’t about one or the other party, and something else is going on. Here, the “something else” may be an agenda aimed more at distraction, and distracting the public from examining the President in the same light through having the public focus on how Hillary and Hillary’s supporters supported Weinstein or were engaged in some sort of cover-up regarding his actions. Hillary for her part looks ridiculous when she comments how Trump is a sexual predator who got elected as president when her own husband was impeached for sexual misconduct. It just seems the political world is so polarized between left fighting right and right fighting left that they cannot see how ridiculous and absurd all the statements and positions have become.

On a bigger level, perhaps, everything occurring during this time isn’t completely negative. Right now the power dynamics in the USA are bringing to light important issues because they are reflected through the two main candidates that were running. People can learn from this or choose to ignore it and hide under the cover of “I love Hilary and Trump is bad” or “I love Trump and Hilary is bad.” Neither stance will help the world learn the lesson, however. People need to simply decide whether they want leaders who have proven and show to support women and protect them (including not having husbands who abused power) or they don’t and want to continue condoning the abuse of power and mistreatment of women that goes in hand with that.

In the end, people will only believe or see things in a certain light (enough to do something) when its the right time and the right circumstances have made it difficult to ignore. There is a great book called “The Empathy Trap” which explains why people (the author calls “apaths”) stand around and do nothing allowing perpetrators of abuse to get away with things which victims remain unsupported. http://amzn.to/2ypQoqP

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