I Need a Wonder Woman Moment
I feel like I need a Wonder Woman moment.
I have to admit the last couple days of news has made me feel icky and depressed. Further revelations keep being unearthed about Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman, Mark Halperin, and Kevin Spacey. The list gets longer daily. I'm finding myself increasingly unnerved by many fellow male members of our species.
I was born in the 70s and as the son of a powerful, accomplished woman. I assumed (perhaps naively) that female empowerment was the part of the social fabric and would continue an inevitable movement to rationality and equality. And the father of two girls, that is the world I want them to inhabit. By all accounts, a predator like Harvey Weinstein is/was a horrible person. Additionally, Hollywood is a business community that for years celebrated the worst members of our society. The grotesque lothario with a casting couch has been part of the film business for decades, but there are SO MANY OTHERS.
It feels that there is a wave of momentum that has been building for years, probably going back to Anita Hill hearings speaking against Clarence Thomas. For decades there have been a quiet movement that has been waiting to move to the surface, where the behavior of men could finally be put in check. Tonight I was at a party where a friend in the entertainment industry thought that the current scandal would put men on good behavior for the next 10 years. In essence, the worst offenders would be cleared out, but after a certain time, the industry would return to the way it's always been.
Listen, I'm proud to be a guy, but this has to stop, permanently. Sadly, for men who value power you can't reason with them or make them become decent human beings. You can only make them afraid of you. And they are only afraid of those that have more power. More women have to run for office in huge, overwhelming numbers. More women have to be CEOs in business and have to promote other women to senior executive positions. Women should no longer work get an equal seat at the table. Women should own the table. And then, the Harvey Weinsteins of the world will finally stop.