Harvey Weinstein and the Abuse of Power

Well, I’ve grown bored with all the noise about Harvey Weinstein. Mostly now it has become voyeuristic clickbait, as it was always going to simply because there are a (formerly) powerful man and many beautiful women involved, not to mention a few hangers-on. But maybe we can learn some lessons. I think so. And I think Melanie Phillips has taken a good shot at it.

Much has been written, and doubtless much more will be, about the grotesque sexual predations of the Hollywood movie titan Harvey Weinstein. As allegations now come tumbling out from women who say he raped, molested or otherwise sexually abused them, the question is obviously how this never previously came to light since everyone seemed to know about it.

In a particularly fine piece here, Lee Smith suggests that this has only come out now because the media power-structures which ensured silence in the past have collapsed.

The revelation of this past silence has given rise in turn to a debate about whether or not Weinstein’s women victims were complicit in their own abuse. Some did stand up against him; some refused to work for him again and tried to warn others. But many went along with it.

The point is being made that it takes a brave soul indeed to stand up against such a man whose position in the industry meant he could make or break careers. Very true. There are things, though, that surely no self-respecting person would do under any circumstances; presented with the monstrous demands Weinstein was making of them, however, too many women did. Nevertheless, the difficulty of resisting the pressure behind such sexual coercion is obvious.

I think it really takes a lot of guts to resist, remember most of these people were trying to live their dream of being a star. Well, sometimes living a dream has a price, sometimes a very high one. paid in self respect, and that makes you even less likely to tell anyone about it, I think. That Lee Smith article, that Melanie referenced, in the Weekly Standard is amazingly good, by the way, do read it. And there is this.

Such abuse of power is by no means confined to the socially or politically powerful. Rape or other sexual abuse occurs in every stratum of society. At the heart of every sexual attack lies the wish of the perpetrator to exercise power over his (or sometimes her) victim. There is no greater way to exercise that power than through a sexual attack which does not just inflict physical but psychological njury by stripping away the very core of a person’s sense of their own inviolable personhood and human dignity.

The question is whether these attacks are now more numerous than they ever were or whether they are just being noticed more often. Obviously, sexual attack is nothing new; and one can point to many instances where changing social mores mean we are now less tolerant of behaviour that for various reasons went unchallenged in the past –– just as we can also point to precisely the reverse trend.

Nevertheless, I suspect such sexual attacks are in general on the increase, not least because of the breakdown of the traditional family. Before the British government decided to censor the statistics showing the relative rate of abuse by biological and non-biological family members, it was clearly established that sexual and other abuse was committed vastly more frequently by people not biologically related to their victims. Since so many households now contain transient sexual partners, it stands to reason that the rate of abuse including sexual attacks has also exponentially increased.

And there I think Melanie hits right in the middle of the x ring. One of the main places where we learn self-respect is by showing respect to others. This is hard to phrase but easy to understand, if you don’t respect yourself, you are not going to respect anybody else either. St Matthew put it this way, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” See my point here? If you do not love yourself, you cannot love another, It’s true, you know it and I know it. Find a guy or girl who hates themselves, you’ll find someone who loves (or usually even likes) nobody. Where did most of us learn to love? As children in our family. Melanie’s no doubt right, as broken homes and dependency on the cold charity of the state increase, instead of the more or less stable (if sometimes quite raucous) family, crime statistics climb alarmingly. One only has to look at the American black community in the 50s and compare it to today’s. A bit more Melanie.

If you look at tyrants throughout history, you often find that the person who has exercised untrammelled power and committed the most appalling crimes against other people was himself driven by intense feelings of inadequacy, self-disgust and powerlessness.

Is that sense of powerlessness increasing across the board? In an era of acute psychic loneliness, with disintegrating family and social structures and with people feeling they are nothing more than random bundles of atoms being blown hither and yon by an indifferent fate in a universe without meaning, I bet it is.

I think taking that bet would be for suckers, because she is correct.

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9 Responses to Harvey Weinstein and the Abuse of Power

  1. Weinstein is simply NOT a good person and on so many levels! But the so-called sexual revolution has been and is a mess on every level, and has even become an attack on our children and culture too, with the challenge of today’s sexual identity, etc. (et cetera). We have lost our sexual mores and general sexual welfare, and even aspects of our Western moral code today. See btw, Jude 4. And of course the Judeo-Christian ethic and revelation here is simply not popular in today’s culture!

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    • And btw, people that really know this old Irishman, do not I think or see me as some kind of sexual prude, least the traditional and conservative minded. But yes, sometimes the sparks fly with the liberal and licentious minded! As they should for the Biblical Christian! Again, my two-cents at least.

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  2. Scoop says:

    I also stayed away from linking to any of the stories on this topic. The reason for me is, who didn’t already know this? Have we not seen story after story for decades about the casting couch, the drug and sex parties and the endless divorces and remarriages? It is typical hypocritical liberalism not only of politics but of their insatiable appetites for self gratification. And this is the life they lead whilst they present themselves as moralists on climate change, taxation, immigration, misogyny, racism and every political cause that liberals love to embrace. It is a cover, to say the least, for their own personal lifestyles. They know that if they support the right public agendas and give donations to the right powerful politicians they will have to answer to no one. And it usually works. Only this time it didn’t. But there are some diehards that will defend him even in the face of all the facts.

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, there are. And, yes, I agree with you, which is why I haven’t said much, either. I like the way Melanie extended it out, which is why this one. Much in the way you just stated, in fact.

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      • Scoop says:

        It is funny how the winners in life’s lottery in the money, sex and drug department end up being spokesmen for the percieved oppressed people isn’t it. I have quit watching NFL football for that reason. I watch sports to be entertained. If I wanted to see a protest all I have to do is turn on a news channel and listen to the pundits and watch their sensitive treatment of looters and such and every cause under the sun. There is only so much I can take. Sports used to be a good diversion from all that . . . now it isn’t. You can’t even watch storm coverage by being barraged with talk of man made global warming and how little Trump is doing in that regard and how he didn’t help the Puerto Ricans enough etc. etc. etc. SSDD.

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed. The only sports I watch anymore (and usually on the radio) is Purdue. The NFL? What’s that?

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        • Scoop says:

          🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Speaking of hanger-oners, 🙂 .
    http://hurricanetrack.com/2017/10/12/hurricane-ophelia-likely-to-bring-strong-winds-rain-to-british-isles-in-its-post-tropical-state/

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  4. the unit says:

    Who’s that in the painting? Roofer…or Lineman? 🙂

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