Sexual Predators and Power

 

I confess I don’t know who Harvey Weinstein is. That’s how isolated I have become out here in the Florida boondocks.  But I gather from the Internet that he is some kind of Hollywood big shot. Or at least, he was.

The stories that are coming to light are stomach turning. I won’t go into detail but I’m sure you must have read some of them.

I wonder how he’s managed to escape prosecution for so long.

But I guess when you’re rich and powerful, you’re allowed to behave like a pig. Indeed, it seems to go with the territory.

Consider how media mogul Roger Ailes behaved.  And Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly.  And, of course, Trump.

Not one has faced prosecution.

I wonder how many other guys exploit their positions by preying on women?

And I bet it’s far more prevalent than you or I might suspect. The blight seems to spread throughout society from the most minor levels to the highest.

How many bosses, I wonder, sexually abuse their employees?

Decades ago, when I was working for the Tampa Tribune, I came across a story about a rural sheriff who required oral sex as part of his secretary’s duties.

And the abuse extends beyond the workplace – far beyond.

I understand that many landlords collect their rent in bed. And I’ve even read about police officers who demand sexual favors in exchange for dropping traffic charges.

Of course there’s another side to the story. Sometimes the victims are complicit.

Long, long ago, when I worked at the Harbourfront project in Toronto, a female city executive bragged to me that she had “climbed the ladder of success” on her back. No kidding.

Obviously, there’s a sick sexual undercurrent in society that gets swept under the rug. We look the other way and act shocked when some ugly incident comes to light.

I am not a psychologist but don’t you think there ‘s something awry in our society? It seems to me  there’s a deep-rooted sickness that needs serious examination – instead of the finger pointing, tut-tutting and salacious snickering that usually goes on.

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6 thoughts on “Sexual Predators and Power

  1. It is so disgusting to me to see men treating women in such a predatory way. They profess to love and respect their mothers, wives and sisters yet subject them to substandard and predatory treatment. In Canada my wife, Faye, was an Employment Standards officer for the province of Ontario. Their laws include protection in the workplace against discrimination and unwanted sexual advances also women being paid the same pay for doing equal work. We criticize other countries for their lack of human rights and treatment of their women, but behave in a cowardly and inhuman manner toward our own women. Billy G.

  2. This is not shocking that he did this, this is part of the whole cliche about the casting couch. Men with power over others revel in their position of power and use it to humiliate women from time immemorial. I wonder why these men get off on doing these acts? Whey do they hate us so much that they feel that women belong in subordinate and supplicant positions? Why do men feel they have a right to do with women’s bodies anything they want? I am sick of these pigs and their behaviour. We must teach our boys and young men to respect and love us as equals. I wish I had the secret something that would teach them not to be so sadistic.

  3. Just about any subject goes right back to the President Donald Trump.If my memory serves me well was there not 17 women who accused this president of sexual assault a year ago before he got the job.Back then he was able to win over the Right Wing Christians telling everyone that is all Fake News and look where he is today.Yes, Trump usually tells you he is going to sue you if you try to go after him and he loves to remind you he has won 45 of those False claims against him.I can only guess most women stay silent as they financially cannot compete. The country is certainly stained.
    One Love, Eddie

  4. Eddie, I wish it had started with Trump, but it is systemic in the US for men with power to abuse that power by debasing women. Trump is an example of this type, but as dad says, police, land lords bosses, husbands, etc. those groups all have these predators in their ranks.

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