Sexual harassment….bad. Sexual assault…really bad. Rape…the worst. It’s all a crime, an ugly, ugly crime. And it’s all a crime potentially punishable by jail-time. And, according to most women, the entire spectrum from bad to criminal is a truly heinous crime that has simply gone on far too long and this, the ‘Weinstein Effect’ is long overdue. Due process and jail-time is just not enough. They want faster and more devastating results. If the accused’s life is totally ruined, it’s a good thing.
And, it would appear that we are doing just that. It would seem that alleged perps are being pursued and persecuted. That’s good, right? We need to get the bad guys. Ruin ’em. Grind ’em into the mud. Kill their careers. Destroy their family. Get ’em while the gettin’s good. What the hell…’cut off their dicks!’ Why the hell not? C’mon, the guys didn’t use their dicks the way they should have. Not the way the women wanted them to. We can all see that. They should have no rights to their own dicks. Cut ’em off, Lorena.
Seriously…Louis C.K. really should NOT have one. Ya know? They really should castrate him. He’s so yucky. It’s just awful. Really awful. To have to sit and watch him ’cause of his power….yuck. And listening to him do it on the phone….it went on forever!
Furthermore, we are asked to simply believe the accuser. Fully. 100%. No need to check out the claims because that just victimizes the poor woman further. If they say it happened, damn it, it happened! If they say it happened thirty years ago, that makes no difference – hang the bastard!
“I was offended.” “He had power.” “I had to listen to him masturbate over the phone!”
Oooooh, oooh, and if three or more women say it happened, that is, like, all the proof anyone needs. Makes no difference if the male claims it was consensual sex, harmless or even clumsy flirting, a genuine expression of love or even if he admits to light-guilt due to the presence of alcohol, an initial willingness on the part of the victim until, at the last minute, a whispered ‘No’. C’mon! If the incident did not turn out exactly as the woman wanted, he should go to jail. “Hey! If I was offended, why not?”
Anyway, who cares?
On the face of it, this blanket condemnation AND punishment of the accused BEFORE any proof has been established is contrary to all our moral codes, laws and social expectations…or, rather, it was. Not anymore. NOW it is OK to ruin men by smearing them. Now the guy pays simply on an allegation. NOT even a formal accusation filed with the police is required. ‘We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!’ An allegation in the media will do.
And, do we care?
Well, it is cheaper for society, that’s for sure. No lawyers, no police, no judges. That part is good. And, at least the woman isn’t doing it for reasons of blackmail or monetary compensation like has been done so often in the past. This makes it purely a matter of revenge. Keyword: pure. It may be wrong but at least the motives are clear.
I kinda like that, actually. It always seemed to me that money should NOT be the only compensation for wrongdoing. I think most crimes should require criminals to ‘work’ for the betterment of society and, if appropriate, the victim. But the law has no other means to ‘make someone whole again’ after negligence or accident or even criminal acts other than ‘quantum’ (money) and that seemed to taint the process to my mind.
This process – however mob/kangaroo-court in nature – eliminates quantum from the equation. Or so it appears at first glance. Once you have ruined Weinstein, Roy Moore, Kevin Spacey and anyone else whoever offended you, what court in the land would think you deserved further compensation? Wouldn’t they just say, “Well, you wanted your pound of flesh, you wanted revenge, you wanted to ruin the guy and you got that. You are, indeed, empowered. Sheeesh, are you ever empowered! And he is not! On what basis can you now claim more?”