What a nation we live in.
We live in a nation of laws, aka equal protections for all regardless of gender. No matter your gender or sexual orientation you have the same rights and power as anyone else. If you nodded your head at that statement you are one of those who need to scrape the gunk out of your ears and listen.
We don’t have equal protection for all person’s regardless of gender and sexual orientation. To say so is living in a pipe dream. How could I declare such a statement? Well, let me give you three names: did you know since 2015, the Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the Fox News prime-time host Bill O’Reilly, and the comedian and actor Bill Cosby have suffered professional, financial or reputational setbacks after numerous women told stories of their sexual misconduct? Yes, yes you did. What do all three of these men have in common? Mr. Ailes ran Fox News as its chairman. That means he had power and influence.
Mr. O’Reilly was the biggest draw for the same network. That means he had power and influence. Mr. Cosby was “America’s dad” and a major celebrity. Which means he had power and influence. Seeing a pattern yet? Those are just the names since 2015.
I could go back further.
Let me send you back to 1991 26 years ago. Now we will hear from the New York Times answering the question what happened in 1991?
“That was when the lawyer and academician Anita Hill testified before an all-male and strikingly unsympathetic Senate committee that was holding hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Hill described having been sexually harassed by Justice Thomas when he was her superior at two federal agencies, the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He denied the accusations, and ascended to the Court. Yet Ms. Hill struck a chord that still reverberates” (2017.) These stats should stun you.
“The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission Justice Thomas’s old workplace reports receiving more than 12,000 allegations of sex-based harassment each year , with women accounting for about 83 percent of the complainants. That figure is believed to be but the tip of the iceberg. In a study issued last year, the co-chairwomen of a commission task force said that roughly three of four people experiencing such harassment never tell anyone in authority about it. Typically, they said, what women do is “avoid the harasser, deny or downplay the gravity of the situation, or attempt to ignore, forget or endure the behavior” (NYT, 2017).
This cannot continue, Nor should it. Those of you who did the #metoo post prove that this is a crisis that isn’t going away nor should it be pushed under the table.
As said in the Washington Post by Kathleen Parker on Wednesday: “If true, as Gretchen Carlson says, that every woman has a story, then, statistically, sexual harassment in the workplace is a plague, a disaster and a psychological assault weapon. Given that women constitute half the world’s population – and that successful women mean successful families and societies – then any word or action that undermines their ability to conduct life without fear of sex-based exploitation or retribution should be considered an epidemic of opioid proportions” (2017.)
If you have a social media voice – use it! Don’t just let these offal people with power destroy you. Speak up! and speak out!
What a nation we live in.