The first domino in 2017's parade of predators was Harvey Weinstein.
This guy had everything he could have ever wanted.
He had the money, Miramax, and a career full of being a big fancy producer and film executive.
He was literally pumping out hit films that everyone knew and loved.
Clearly, none of that was enough.
Once again, it was the New York Times who broke the story and created the Weinstein effect, a national backlash against sexual harassment and assault.
The Weinstein Effect is the only good thing to come of all of these accusations — bringing down powerful men who use their positions in ways that are 1.) generally fucked up or 2.) demeaning to women and their place in society.
The Weinstein Effect is described as a phenomenon where allegations of sexual harassment and assault against celebrities are publicized and trigger responses from companies and institutions.
Personally, I think the trend of cutting all financial ties and business dealings with predators is one I could get used to.
People like Harvey Weinstein who have no regard for anyone but themselves deserve the media blasts on how shitty they are.
Just to give you some perspective, here’s a list of the accusers that have been brave enough to share their stories publicly.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez.
Emma de Caunes.
Sarah Ann Masse.
Vu Thu Phuong.
Let that sink in.
These are the named accusers of sexual misconduct involving this human pile of garbage.
Estimates of how many people he has accusations from are in the 80s.
That’s 80 lives that he has personally caused death of an expectation, a death of decency, and a death of dreams.
I just don’t understand how people can cause wreckage in every path they choose and leave the victims to clean themselves up.
There are more accusers that have chosen to remain anonymous, which is completely understandable.
While I respect that some of it may be hard to relive, expose, or be made public knowledge could impact mental health (and believe me I’m the biggest supporter of making sure that choices you make are in line with your mental stability), I believe the time is now.
The time to call out men on their bullshit and using positions of power to manipulate those below them is now.
It is absolutely now.
The window has opened for women to stand up and I think that now more than ever they absolutely need to.
This is me calling on anyone who has faced sexual misconduct to stop being idle and to make men own up to their shit.
The time to act is now, the power has been shifted to the rightful party for once in history and must be taken advantage of.
Now, more than ever, society needs to accept of these victims, of all genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, races; (remember, men experience these things as well) coming forward and telling their stories.
We need to sympathize, rather than try and poke holes in their narrative.
We need to empathize.
We need to understand that what these people went through was more than a slap in the face, and impacted them for the rest of their lives.
We need to get through this so that the future will be better, so that society can advance, so people can get the chance they deserve in the world without having to pay sexual favors, be seduced unwillingly, or fear that their careers will be crushed if they neglect to submit to the first two.