Thoughts On the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Part III-Is it a Generational Thing?

Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke last week, he tried to defend himself. He claimed the following:

“I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.”

I have mixed feelings about this statement, though I think it is still bullsh*t.  The 1960’s and 1970’s were a time of change in America. Women were starting to not just enter the workplace in greater numbers, but they were also starting to work in fields and positions that previously were open to men only. At the time, some men might have chafed at  working with women on an equal level. I call it bullsh*t because we are not living in either the 1960’s or 1970’s anymore.  But he seems to think so.

Weinstein is trying to defend himself, but his defense does not hold water. His defense does not hold water because not only did he know exactly what he was doing, but he also is not the only male to have grown up in the 1960’s and 1970’s. There is a whole generation of men who grew up in the era, I doubt every single one of them used their professional positions to procure sexual favors from female subordinates.

It is also not a generational thing because this kind of abuse has been going on for time immemorial. It’s time we admitted it, faced the truth and stopped this abuse once and for all.



Author: Writergurlny

I am Brooklyn, NY born and raised writer who needs writing to find sanity in an insane world. To quote Charlotte Bronte: “I'm just going to write because I cannot help it.”

3 thoughts on “Thoughts On the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Part III-Is it a Generational Thing?”

  1. I ” came of age” (whatever that means) at pretty much the same time as Mr Weinstein. And you are right to doubt!
    Not only do I challenge his statement that the rules were different, but I would argue that ‘rules’ and ‘culture’ are not the same thing. Yes, the culture was different, but the rules were the same. What this means is that the rules were broken more often with impunity than is the case today because (especially) women were not empowered to react.
    So, I’m with you all the way. Let’s stamp out abusive behaviour.
    There is however a downside to the ‘improvements’ that more enlightened thinking have brought. Even the mutual ‘harmless flirting’ of those days – and no, that doesn’t mean touching up!!! – has gone underground and evolved into something much more sinister. The REAL predators have gone on line. Because there are some bad people out there in the world, the rest of us are being made pay the price for their badness. This is evident too in another field of human relations. Many adults now fear to speak to the children of strangers for fear of being branded paedophiles. That is unhealthy too.

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