Good morning! This week the papers have had non-stop coverage about Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment claims that have toppled him from his prominent perch of “top Hollywood producer.”
To be honest when I first heard the story, my first thought was, “I’ve heard that before” and indeed I had, several years ago when an actress, whom I cannot recall her name, said that he had harassed her. About that time there were rumblings that he had done it to others, and as quickly as the story came it was gone. There was even a mention that “this stuff” happens all the time in Hollywood and no one talks about it.
I remember thinking this weekend, “where there is smoke there is fire.” I thought perhaps there were many more to whom this had happened; but that they did not think they could come forward because to date nothing had happened to Weinstein so they did not want to jeopardize their careers or future opportunities.
I never thought about any of this and how it affected my life until I read a story in which they quoted Donna Karan, and she said( I am paraphrasing here) “that we must also consider how these women were dressed when these things happened to them.” Really? What does that have to do with anything?
That one statement brought my own claims of sexual harassment to the forefront of my mind because the same question was asked about me.
I don’t want to go into all of the details but I will say that it happened to #metoo while I was in graduate school. I was not assaulted but I was inappropriately touched and was the recipient of many, many weird, sexual stories from a professor. After a year I reported him and I was the one investigated, and one of the first questions asked of all of my fellow students and professors was, “what did she wear to class?”, “Did she dress appropriately?”
I am curious, what do you think about the Harvey Weinstein stories? Do you think all of these women speaking out will help to end this sort of behavior? Or do you think it will continue? Do you believe that “not everyone knew?”
I have to be honest, I think it will continue, not only in Hollywood, but in schools, in the workplace and wherever there is a man or a woman that has some sense of power and makes you feel as if you are powerless.
I also do not believe that not everyone knew. Granted they may not have been the target of this man but people talk, and tell stories and apparently for over 30 years people were talking. Lets face it, if the public heard some of the stories how did they people in this mans’ sphere of influence not hear them?
Do you think that Harvey Weinstein deserves a second chance? Do you think he will get one?
Have you ever been the victim of sexual harassment at work, school or somewhere else?
If you are curious about the #metoo movement and the origin of “me too” read this article.
Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts. I hope that you have a great day?