" First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me. "
Reverend Martin Niemoller, a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
Women Too Must Stand Up, Speak Out and No Longer Perpetuate Toxic Behaviors Inflicted Upon Others
Without question, one cannot look far without seeing a barrage of information related to women who have found themselves in a maelstrom of controversy involving men in power, From Roger Ailes to Maurio Batali, who like the Tragic Hero in a Shakespearean Tragedy, have fallen from grace by their tragic flaws involving harassment of primarily women, let us not ignore that men of a similar mien, have preyed on other men.
Not justifying or excusing the behaviors of the "hunters" upon the "hunted," but in a number of instances, women too have aided and abated these "male transgressions."
Think about the women who reportedly, blindly followed the orders of Harvey Weinstein and escorted women to his hotel room and others who assisted in placing vulnerable women in positions where they would be "vultured."
And what about the women who blindly defended a man, who was a known predator of children, who despite credible and compelling evidence against him, fiercely held on to an illusion that the accused was unquestionably innocent, and that the crimes he committed never happened and the words, testimony and evidence compiled against this individual, could easily be burned in their minds like ashes within crucibles of doubt?
And yes, those women who include a female Best Interest Attorney who said her "hands were tied in this case" that she knew at-risk things were going on in a home, and still allowed children to be exposed to serious risks to safety and well being. Further, there is the female judge who allowed and empowered a rapist, a child abuser, charged with Domestic Violence and child neglect, and reportedly, mentally ill, to get away with aiding and abetting the neglect of children, the corruption of children through child pornography, drug and alcohol abuse. These women, further punished the mother by design, turning the older child to the full physical care of the abuser, a man, who bullied with power. These actions, along with others on the part of women have only aided, abetted, and emboldened the predatory nature of those who seek to harass others who are most vulnerable. To some women, your actions, in these instances, have expanded the landscape of those who have been harassed, marginalized and encased in a hermetically closed chamber of fear, silence and shame.
From Ashley Judd to Taylor Swift, from the African American woman who is navigating along a complicated career path, to the immigrant laboring woman from Central America, to the Asian Accountant whose breasts were pelted with popcorn by her male counterpart, as a contact sport in an Accounting Practice, to name a few, WOMEN, we have arrived at a precipice of a national dialogue to affect change, but that change will be minuscule without the self reflection and accountability of the "other women" who have been accomplices to harassment and the abuse of others.
July/August - 2018
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