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So let’s talk a little about what’s been going on, and how to be a better man. And while we may not intentionally invoke it or intend use our privileges to the detriment of others, we (again, straight cis men and straight cis men in particular) benefit without realizing it.When we talk about harassers and predators in various communities, whether it’s Hollywood, comics, gaming, film critic circles or politics, the common refrain is just how it is.
Faraci got quietly shuffled to another job before word leaked. Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes both lost their jobs, yes… Roman Polanski not only evades jail but continues to work within Hollywood while declaring “what I did [rape a drugged 13-year old]… Caught in the system – a system many don’t realize exist – are good men. For many men, it can feel as though women now have advantages that men don’t, or that women call all the shots.
In both cases, they were what writer Cliff Pervocracy called “the missing stair” – a structural fault that everyone “knows” about but nobody anything about.
The owners of the house just let everyone learn to leap over that missing stair and hope that nobody ends up getting seriously hurt.
There’s been seemingly no end of revelations, discussions and open not-so-secrets about supposedly “good” men who’ve been turning out to be far less than they’ve claimed to be. I’m honestly shocked how open a secret Weinstein’s behavior was. No social shaming, no quiet censure from his board, nothing.
Each disclosure of bad behavior from people long thought to be allies seems to tip the next domino, leading to yet more revelations. https://t.co/7RY9Utc0TL — Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 6, 2017 You had staff writers, several of whom are women of color, complain about that dude.But as insidious as this system can be among even the best-intentioned, it’s far worse when it’s deliberately invoked to protect the abusers.