Harvey Weinstein happened. Donald Trump was caught on a hot microphone admitting to it. Bill Clinton did it in the Oval Office. Kevin Spacey did it as well. Roy Moore likes them young. Apparently it's been happening in the Capitol for years.
This country, and perhaps the world, has had issues with sexual misconduct, sexual assault and misogyny for years. Let's be honest: this has always been a problem.
Let's just look at statistics about rape:
And this is just rape, not the inappropriate touching, or the catcalling, or the comments about how women are only good at cooking, cleaning and baby making.
Now high profile people are being publicly accused of inappropriate behavior. From the reports that are surfacing, many of these people have been doing these things for decades, and everyone knew.
Why is this news?
Because people are actually believing the women. For years women have had to covertly warn others about the behavior of men. For decades and centuries women have been told that "boys will be boys" and that simply the way men act. For years women have had to take it because the aggressor generally was in a position of power. For years male patrons of conventions have groped female cosplayers, acting like they weren't even people.
The behavior of Al Franken saddens me as much as the behavior of Bill Clinton did all those years ago. The allegations of Roy Moore sickens me. What Kevin Spacey did is not only unacceptable, but it also sets back LGBT concerns.
I married a man that teased me all the time. His mentality was that he made fun of me because he cared. It was YEARS before *I* realized that I didn't have to take it. It took time for me to learn that the way I was being treated wasn't OK. Why did it take so long? Because that was the way MANY men treated their partners.
As much as I hate seeing all of these men, ones that I admire, and ones that I don't being accused of awful things.... this has got to stop.
Can we all agree to 1.) believe the victims, 2.) expect men, especially men with positions of power to treat all people with respect, and 3.) just say that this behavior is never OK, no matter who to parties that are involved are?
Maybe our daughters and granddaughters won't have to listen to how their President like to "grab them by the pussy."