Harvey Weinstein Proves That Rape Culture Is Still Prevalent In 2017

Harvey Weinstein Proves That Rape Culture Is Still Prevalent In 2017

It's 2017, and it's time for rape culture to be as finished as Harvey's career
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"I came of age in the 60's and 70's, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture back then. I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office -- or out of it. To anyone."

This is from Harvey Weinstein's official statement regarding the allegations that he has spent the last forty years sexually harassing women he encountered in professional settings. My personal favorite horror story is one in which he trapped a woman in the hallway of a restaurant and, when she refused his advances, masturbated into a potted plant.

However, this is neither here nor there. Weinstein's actions and his defense for those actions is another sad reminder that rape culture is still so horrifyingly present in 2017.

Weinstein's various excuses and extended statements led to women going to Twitter to discuss all the times they encountered their own version of Weinstein, and the responses were sobering. The thread brought in more than 4,000 replies of women telling their own sexual harassment stories, and most of them ended similarly: Those men still have jobs.

Weinstein lost his job, but unfortunately, that is far from the majority.

The fact that we are celebrating him being fired is a travesty alone -- we don't expect men to lose their jobs for this behavior because the rape culture surrounding Hollywood and our society, in general, has grown so thick that women are expected to take these advances as compliments or that they somehow instigated or asked for it.

Well, what were you wearing? Were you leading him on? Did you flirt with him first? Why didn't you tell anyone? You were asking for it.

How many times will women have to hear those statements before they're believed?

Weinstein settled on EIGHT accusations over DECADES by intimidating women into accepting money rather than getting justice. Our criminal justice system rewards those with the capital to cover up their crimes, to never admit to any actual wrongdoing.

Weinstein isn't the minority.

He was surrounded, for decades, by people who laughed at his advances, kept quiet, or assumed he was "just joking" rather than calling him out. That's rape culture -- people normalizing comments like "You were asking for it dressed like that," or normalizing the overtly sexual advances on female coworkers.

You cannot even claim that rape culture doesn't exist because these accusations ruin the lives of those who are accused. Brock Turner only served three months of his pathetically short six-month sentence. Bill Cosby's lawyers found a way for a mistrial when the evidence is clear. I mean, Jesus Christ, we elected a man who passionately and proudly defended grabbing women by the pussy.

Those accusations ruin lives and careers? My ass.

We have become complacent. We have allowed men to get away with bullshit like this because it's hard to make waves. Women work so hard to be taken half as seriously as their male coworkers, so they ignore sexual advances from their superiors and coworkers because crying rape in a guarantee no one will take you seriously again.

There's a little less than two months left in 2017, so make it your mission to call out that bullshit. Make it your mission to make people uncomfortable by saying, "What do you mean by that?" and forcing them to explain their gross joke to you. Make it your mission to make men squirm when you give them your best death glare when they tell you to smile more.

Make it your mission to make the "that's just the way things were" argument obsolete. Be the change you want to see in the world because goddammit, it's 2017, and it's time for rape culture to be as finished as Harvey's career.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Why Ocasio-Cortez Is Unfit For Office

For many of the same reasons as Donald Trump.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's meteoric ascension to elected office was as much of an awakening to the Democrats as was the election of Donald Trump. They too were not immune to the American people's frustration with the current status quo. Unfortunately, for both Democrats and Republicans alike, this has led to the election of polarizing figures with little backgrounds in politics and a commitment to alternative truths.

Ocasio-Cortez considers herself a Democratic Socialist and is out of touch with reality as much as her idol Bernie Sanders was. Socialist countries past (USSR, East Germany, Vietnam) and present (China) were/are rife with corruption. The socialist utopia which Ocasio-Cortez envisions will be the death of small American business unable to pay the high taxes required to support her platform, which includes Medicare and housing for all. Furthermore, her platform contains a proposal to tax Wall Street to fund public universities and trade schools (her childish thought process probably consisted of Wall Street = stocks = money = something I can tax), and a proposal to abolish ICE and demilitarize the police — besides being incredibly idiotic, a proposal feeding on the misguided anger some American have for our brave law enforcement officers who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep us safe. Our government is in 17 trillion dollars of debt because of its inability to manage money, and Ocasio-Cortez is telling us to give them more. It's appalling and scary someone so out of touch with reality was elected.

Ocasio-Cortez apparently loves alternative truths and lies as much as Donald Trump. Her most recent claim was that 66 percent of her Medicare proposal would have covered by the Pentagon's accounting errors, which total somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 trillion dollars. Looking closely at the article which she cited as the basis of her claims, it becomes clear she did not read or comprehend the article in its entirety and is living in her own fantasy land. The 21 trillion dollars is the sum of all the transactions where the same dollar could have been transferred between multiple accounts multiple times. In fact, the Pentagon hasn't even spent 21 trillion dollars in its existence. Ocasio-Cortez has also said ICE has a quota to detain 34,000 people a day, again another case of her living in her own fantasy land and acknowledging a half-truth. ICE is required to maintain — not fill — 34,000 beds by the DHS Appropriations Act of 2016. Ocasio-Cortez has said many more alternative facts, but I have neither the time nor the desire to bore you and analyze them all.

It's incredibly sad honesty and integrity have no place in American politics. Electing officials who have no commitment to the hard truths will destroy our American values and everything we hold dear. May God help this country.

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