Sexual Harassment. It’s as old as Patriarchy. As old as prostitution. You know that. And you were quite happy to ignore it.
- If you’re a woman who’s shocked by the revelations that have been exposed over the last two years, you have willingly turned a blind eye.
- If you’re a man, and you don’t understand what these women are complaining about, you’re part of the problem.
Think this is a recent development? You haven’t been paying attention *on purpose*. Why? Not your fault, for the most part. Why not? Who’s to blame? We are. For allowing men to prey on women with not just a blind eye, but social Acceptance.
A. Casting couch. The “famous” Hollywood problem that no one does anything about.
B. Secretary harassment. Example: the secretary in the film “9 to 5”. The famous acts by millions of bosses that no one does anything about.
C. Catcalls. The famous acts by men in groups (and indoctrinated women, if they are with them) who fall sway, on purpose, to the pack mentality.
D. Marital Rape.
E. Second-class citizen.
F. The Dirty Old Man isn’t arrested. Ex-judge Roy Moore anyone?
Until 1988’s The Accused, which purposely pointed out the horrendous treatment of a rape victim by the judicial system, law enforcement, and public opinion, proper criminal treatment of rape was minimized.
Despite advancement in the recognition of rape as a serious crime, it is still treated with minimization and disregard. Rape as a felony isn’t a federal statute, nor is there a mandatory sentence under certain requirements. It’s left up to individual prosecutors in every single jurisdiction and the majority of rapists won’t see a day in prison. Rape is so minimized and dismissed that it’s trotted out as an excuse for snot-nosed, over-priced, over-protective parents to cry about if their “baby girl” has had sex. The boyfriend is attacked and thrown in jail. When something truly horrific happens, they don’t know what to do.
- A girl is raped by her uncle and no one does a goddamn thing. It’s just kept in the family and treated as an unfortunate event. The man is dangerous, but he’s considered family. Meanwhile, the girl (or boy) suffers. Rape isn’t sex.
- Sexual intercourse and oral/physical contact is used as a weapon for the purposes of sexual sadism, sexual intimidation, sexual coercion, and sexual blackmail. When a male offender doesn’t have a penis, he’ll use whatever is at hand. Rape isn’t sex.
- When the Buddhists of Burma rape Muslim women, or when the slave patrols of the south raped black women, or when Muslim men rape Muslim women, or when husbands rape their wives, it isn’t as an act of “getting off”. It’s sadism used as punishment. Rape isn’t sex.
- Gay rape is even more condoned and minimized thanks to society’s brainwashing against homosexuality. It has nothing to do with being gay. Rape is not sex.
This recent outrage over the light sentence of a rich boy’s criminality is an example of society’s condonation. The outrage was superficial and not taken seriously because the rape wasn’t brutal and didn’t result in the woman’s death. No serious action was taken in response. The judge said he didn’t want to ruin the poor boy’s future. The woman, on the other hand? Fuck her. Public opinion isn’t a proper legal tactic for a prosecutor, and it never should be, but when a judge awards a perpetrator a light sentence because the boy is a) rich, and b) white, we have a huge problem. And it’s ignored. Further, the rape of this woman was dismissed by a large portion of society, and specifically, by the news media.
Because harassers (including stalkers), rapists, molesters, and those who beat up women on an hourly basis don’t consider it a crime.
Rape kits are treated with less priority than a polygraph, and the latter isn’t even accepted (officially) in a court of law.
The following is a list of industry award centers that routinely condone harassment, assault, and rape:
The Academy of Arts and Sciences
Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes)
Screen Actors Guild
The British Academy Film Awards
and other industry centers.
They have failed to give recognition of exceptional work to films like The Accused because the subject matter is common place.
Many, many people abuse their power. It’s as ordinary, and accepted, as an abusive husband or a President of the United States.
When the offender holds the highest position of the country, or sits on the highest court, why isn’t the country outraged?
Because it’s COMMON. There are famous men out there who are still lauded because: Rape is not important enough to condemn them. Examples: Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson. They aren’t the exception. They are the rule.
So don’t act all outraged when Kevin Spacey or Russell Simmons or any other favorite persona is accused and they’re immediately ostracized for a while before they’re forgiven.
Well, except for Kevin Spacey (gay) or Russell Simmons (black). And therein lies a whole other kettle of condonement.