When it comes to actually fixing the problem, the downfall of men like Harvey Weinstein is just the beginning.
Ever since Ashley Judd and others came forward to say that Harvey Weinstein had harassed or assaulted them, the list of powerful men accused of similar behavior has grown longer by the day. Leon Wieseltier. James Toback. Mark Halperin. Brett Ratner. Kevin Spacey. Michael Oreskes. Ed Westwick.
At this point, the most important question to ask is not who’s next, but what.
Some men have issued apologies in which they admit to some (though generally not all) of the allegations against them. Some have been removed from their positions, their power diminished if not destroyed.
Those who have come forward publicly have helped others — many women, and some men, now feel safe speaking out after years of silence. Some who were brushed off or disbelieved have been vindicated. Some people no longer have to work alongside their harassers. These advances are real and valuable.
It’s not yet clear, however, whether the swell of public testimony and the growing list of firings will lead to lasting change across industries. Will the reckoning stop when the news cycle moves on? Will CEOs congratulate themselves on getting rid of the bad apples and call the problem solved? Or will we look deeper, at the inequalities that keep harassers safe and victims silent and that will take more than a few firings to undo?
One inauspicious sign is the fact that some people are already asking whether the “pendulum” is “swinging too far.” The implication of such questions is that while sexual assault is clearly beyond the pale, we should be careful about over-punishing men for lesser offenses. Writer and editor Cathy Young expressed a similar point of view when she told NPR she Read More Here