This morning, the list of prominent men accused of sexual harassment and/or abuse of their female staff grew to added one more name: Matt Lauer.
After hosting NBC’s The Today Show for twenty years and becoming one of the faces of morning news television for a generation, he lost his job and his reputation this morning.
At this point, I have no sympathy for these men. They got caught and in the process, were exposed for the predators that they are. While I feel for Lauer’s family and I admire his victims for stepping forward, I am still shocked and reeling from the news.
We, as a culture, need to change. We need to change how we treat women. We need to teach our sons to respect the women around them and we need to teach our daughters that they are valuable and important beyond traditional female roles. Most of all, we need to put men who acted as Lauer did in his place and remind them that just because they have female subordinates does mean that these women are there to be his sexual playthings.
I just hope, that when this is done, that real change is enacted. If not, then all of this was for nothing.
P.S. Does anyone else see this as karma, especially considering how Lauer treated Ann Curry when she was fired in 2012?
P.P.S It is ironic and a sad telltale sign that while Lauer and others who have done such heinous acts have lost their jobs and reputation, a certain man in Washington D.C. who has been accused of similar acts is still in office. Why?