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Sl&t Shaming, Victim Blaming: How Harvey Weinstein Is Still Screwing Over Women

Sl&t Shaming, Victim Blaming: How Harvey Weinstein Is Still Screwing Over Women

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by G. Brown

Not since the take down of Bill Cosby have women been in such a fury.  Since the Hollywood Harvey Weinstein sex scandal broke, 44 women have already told stories of being victimized by him.

The latest stories of victimization come from “Game of Thrones” star Lena Heady who tells of two different occasions where Weinstein tried to lure her to his hotel room under the guise of  “business meeting”.

Almost 60k women were encouraged to share their stories of sexual harassment after the hashtag campaign #MeToo went viral.

It’s not just Hollywood types who are speaking up, both women and men in corporate America, clerical jobs, retail jobs are all telling how they’ve been harassed.  Women who have hidden their shame, humiliation even guilt for decades are now speaking up.  Scandals like this can expose the uglier side of humanity, but part of the process always exposes more than just the flaws surrounding the scandal.

Fashion designer Donna Karan defended Weinstein by blaming the victims saying women are “asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality.”  Her statements caused such an avalanche of hostile retorts that  Karan was forced to apologize, but not before a powerful response from “Being Mary Jane” star Gabrielle Union…

 


Union continued saying “Look around, u can EASILY see whose pain is “real/valid” & must be addressed & whose pain is tolerable, unimportant & systematically ignored.

Equally as bad as women being victim blamed or ignored are women trying to call out other women who complied with sexual harassment.  Former Pussycat Dolls singer Kaya Jones using the current wave of conversation to try and focus on similar problems in the music industry. Jones gave an interview to  tinfoil conspiracy theorist extraordinaire “Alex Jones Info Wars” where she said that the singers were expected to sleep with music industry execs and other singers.   But instead of naming the men and/or women who she alleges used the singers as part of a “prostitution ring”, Jones dug up past jealousies to blast front woman Nicole Scherzinger saying in a Daily Mail article “the only reason Nicole sang lead vocals for everything, is because ‘there was a lot more going on behind the scenes“.  Jones added  “Nicole was always someone who wanted to be in the spotlight and would do pretty much anything to get it.”  Bickering over who was the lead singer in group that’s come and gone doesn’t help stop sexual abuse in an industry where you are alleging that its rampant.  It’s petty and distracts from the main objective.

Another actress  who admitted she’s never been one of the pretty girls was dragged on social media when she tried to empower women to see they were more than just a beautiful face or terrific body. But her op ed piece that she meant to be one of solidarity instead outraged feminists who raked her over the coals  saying for victim blaming by correlating sex appeal with assault.

The horrible thing about scandals such as the current one is that they expose the ugly side of society.  But part of that exposure means the doors are open to talk about the problem.  Whether you’re talking about racism, sexism, police brutality or any social issue, there are going to parts of the conversation that you don’t want to hear, but no one should be denied the chance to speak. If you slut shame or victim blame certain people who speak up, then you risk shutting down the entire conversation.  All of the discussions, news reports, exposés and hashtag campaigns may not change Hollywood, the music industry or the workforce.  But if we don’t at least talk about it in a productive, supportive and open manner where every voice is heard, then we know for certain that nothing will change.