So many, so very many people have come out lately to say #MeToo, about being sexually harassed or abused. Seems like they are coming out of the woodwork.
And it’s not just women. It’s men too. And it’s not just Hollywood. While this latest movement may have been sparked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, it has quickly spread to many areas of life, including the music industry, sciences, academia and of course, politics. Let’s face it, this problem has existed forever. It is only now, in this day and age of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. that this kind of movement can go viral overnight. It only took ONE BRAVE PERSON to bust this out of its shell, and grow into #MeToo.
To me, it boiled down to people in a position of power over me. People that held your career in their hands, or your reputation, or simply your life. I grew up in an era of respecting your elders and not questioning authority. If someone straddled the line of impropriety, we figured that was the way it was. If someone crossed the line, we were too scared to push them back.
Luckily for me, it was more a question of sexual harassment than of actual abuse. I have been harassed by more than one superior. Made to feel uncomfortable. Made to feel I’d better toe the line. Made to feel that my job was on the line. In fact, I left a great job at a great company because of it, and regret it to this day.
Now, those of you that know me well know that I am not a shrinking violet and I will speak up, sometimes to my detriment, about most anything that bothers me. But back in the day, fresh out of college, and onto the working world? Not really. I was afraid of authority. I was intimidated by men of power. There were very few women of power. The glass ceiling was still very low.
Today, I would raze them a new asshole. Today, I am a grumpy old lady with nothing left to lose. But today, if I had a child, I would hope that I had instilled enough of moral compass in them that they would know when things where going south. That they would speak up and protect themselves by any means necessary. I applaud this new #MeToo movement, and hope that it exposes enough that people will think twice before abusing their next victim. No more hiding behind “power”.
P.S. I’ve just GOT to get on a soapbox about one thing. Donald Trump, while on the campaign trail, was on tape BRAGGING about sexually harassing people, grabbing them by the pussy etc. Billy Bush, the TV Reporter, who was just asking the questions, got fired and his career was ruined. Donald Trump was elected President. Trump has as many, if not more, allegations against him as Weinstein. But he claims this is all fake news. The POLITICIANS, Democrats and Republicans alike, need to keep throwing these allegations at him and hope they stick. But I doubt that will ever happen. Trump has too much power. In his own words he could shoot someone and still be elected. But I am heartened to see that more and more Republicans are leaving their elected offices like rats fleeing a sinking ship. We can only hope.