Re: Dowd--Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story


See the NYT article here.


“It is a dark equation. . . In Hollywood, unlike at other Fortune 500 companies, the one-on-one meetings take place in hotel suites and bars. . ."


Tim Robbins is more accurate: "it’s every business.”


At conferences and other gatherings, the life blood of any industry is

the meetings (which you must attend to succeed) that occur in bars and other places (this is NOT about private office meetings between men and women. For the men who are confused about that, please . . .) This behavior may be most blatant in Hollywood and Weinstein may be the most egregious perpetrator, but fundamentally this is about power and it is pervasive: in the legal profession (I speak from personal experience), in Silcon Valley (see Ellen Pao), in business, in politics. And often, to call it out is to be ostracized subtly or overtly. And up until now it has been not only condoned, but rewarded ("locker room talk" indeed). And while Trump's behavior was not in a business setting, his very occupation of the White House despite his documented criminal assaults of women; despite the testimony of brave women who came forward to attest to his unwanted and humiliating pawing implies an unsettling social acceptance of such treatment of women.


Although it implicit in this long overdue conversation, we must specifically connect all of these dots. When are men (and so many women) going to finally understand the depth and nature of sexism and its emotional, psychological and economic consequence.