I thought that I was the only one who hadn’t witnessed or heard about any kind of abusive, coercive or intimidating, degrading or sexually harassing treatment of women by male workers at any place that I had every worked. But yesterday I heard Mike Gallagher on the radio asking the same thing. “Am I the only one who hasn’t been aware of any of this where I have ever worked? So I’m not alone.
(Okay, there was this one time during the 1980s when I worked in an office environment and while I was in the photocopy room the head maintenance guy was going into a small storage room across the hallway with one of the housekeepers, but she clearly wasn’t being coerced or anything. I don’t think that counts as far as the “harassment” that we’ve been hearing about. But other than that situation, I hadn’t heard of anything going on at any of those places. I’m in my mid-50s now.)
So is all this we’re hearing about with Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, Al Franken, Roy Moore et al. a new thing? Well, we heard about Bill Clinton from the very beginning of his 1992 presidential campaign with Gennifer Flowers, and then subsequently Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and 50 or 100 more, I can’t remember how many now.
So I have a feeling that this kind of behavior is nothing new. Given that so many males are being outed now as extreme pervs, sexual assaulters and violators, and if all this has been going on since time immemorial, who else in the past actually acted this way toward others or toward co-workers? Walter Cronkite? I hope not! And did Jimmy Carter really only “commit adultery in his heart”? (Probably.)
These issues are just being aired out and taken seriously now. However, given the high profile cases of false accusation such as with the Duke LaCrosse case and the Rolling Stone magazine article on the UVA campus rape case and other cases, it is fair to ask if any of the current allegations against politicians, show-biz celebrities and journalists are false. Most of the accused such as Matt Lauer have admitted to their predatory behaviors, but some such as Roy Moore continue to deny it. They all have a right to due process, in my view.
But with the exception of the rare female teacher who seduces her teenage boy student, I have yet to hear about any female movie director, journalist or politician who has been accused by a male co-worker or underling of sexual misconduct.
So then is this sexual misconduct just a male thing? What about the perv stuff? Just plain sicko stuff? Variety states that,
As the co-host of NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.
On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.
He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they’d slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: “f—, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with.
Huh? And Lauer admitted to all that? What’s with that guy? So this is beyond just a “sexual misconduct” thing. It shows someone who is a deeply disturbed individual (if the above accounts are true). Who the hell would say those kinds of things to anyone? But, it appears so far that Lauer has not denied any of these things.
And regarding Charlie Rose, the Washington Post asserts,
Most of the women said Rose alternated between fury and flattery in his interactions with them. Five described Rose putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh, in what they perceived as a test to gauge their reactions. Two said that while they were working for Rose at his residences or were traveling with him on business, he emerged from the shower and walked naked in front of them. One said he groped her buttocks at a staff party.
To be fair, Charlie Rose responded to the allegations: “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed…I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
Now, I think that that statement — “I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings…” — is not atypical of the kinds of narcissists we see in these fields of TV news, show-biz and politics. In those fields we are plagued with extremely narcissistic people, those who crave attention, love being filmed, admired and watched by others. So is Charlie Rose one of those narcissists who is so in love with himself that he just projects his “feelings” onto someone else, assuming that she feels the same way about him? But, if the allegations of his touching and groping them and prancing around naked in front of them are true, there is that sexual pervness going on as well, that might be a part of the typical narcissist’s personality.
Besides the narcissism problem, it is also a power issue. The so-called men use their power or authority to coerce women into sexual relationships or else they will lose their jobs or a promotion.
And notice how most of the accused in these current cases align themselves with Big Government, with supporting candidates or policies promoting the expansion of government power over the lives of others? They align themselves with the armed police power of government. They are not “liberals”! Government is power and control. Most of these guys are definitely not advocates of freedom and individual liberty, that’s for sure.
Perhaps these power-lusting people are more examples which show that the government power and controls they support are really predatory in nature, and go against the freedom and security of the people.