Friday, November 24, 2017

Men, can we listen for once?

This week will be remembered not for Thanksgiving or football or Black Friday shopping, but for yet another round of brave women (and a few men) coming forward to tell their stories of sexual harassment, or worse (far worse), at the hands of men in Hollywood, the media, government and other powerful segments of society.1

I will not ramble. It's time for men to shut up and listen. And believe. And figure out how we can be part of the solution as we work together to build new government, business and societal infrastructures that do not enable, provide space for or tolerate sexism or harassment of any kind.

Listen, believe and follow these women.

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1. A partial roll call of the men who have been the subject of allegations, some of them criminal in nature, in recent days, weeks and months: Donald J. Trump, Roy Moore, Louis C.K., Harvey Weinstein, George H.W. Bush, Kevin Spacey, Sylvester Stallone, Al Franken, Glenn Thrush, Michael Oreskes, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeffrey Tambor, Brett Ratner, John Conyers, Larry Nassar, Mark Halperin, James Toback, George Takei, Danny Masterson, Charlie Rose, John Lasseter, Eddie Berganza, Roy Price, Jeremy Piven, Russell Simmons...

Added November 29: Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor.
Added December 14: Dustin Hoffman... (This list will never be complete.)

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately, the men who do it don't see it that way. Parents (of all genders) need to teach their children.