NBC fired Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show for sexual misconduct.
Yet despite the growing list of celebrities caught with their pants down (Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, John Lassiter, and the list keeps growing), this still shocks people.
(NOTE: Before I hit publish, NPR fired Garrison Keillor of Prarie Home Companion for sexual misconduct.)
“Surprised. Shocked. I can’t believe it is true. This is part of a witch hunt. What happened to innocent until proven guilty.”
Sigh. Why are we still having this conversation? Under what kind of rock have people been living? How in the world could it surprise and shock you to learn that men are harassing and abusing women?
there is nothing new to see here
Have we hit a cultural tipping point where women can be honest about sexual misconduct, and their abuser will be held accountable?
Let’s hope so, but why did it take so damn long.
- The term “casting couch,” actresses performing sexual favors for acting roles, has been around since the 1930’s.
- Simone de Beauvoir wrote The Second Sex in 1949 about women’s difficulties in the workplace.
- In case you missed it, starting in the late 1960s there was an entire feminist movement.
- The term sexual harassment was coined in 1975.
- By 1977, three different court cases confirmed that women could sue their employer for sexual harassment under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
- In the 1980 movie Nine to Five a group of female co-workers taking revenge on their lecherous boss.
- Remember Anita Hill? In 1991, she didn’t subject herself to grilling by the US Senate in order to get her kicks and giggles.
And it didn’t suddenly stop in the new millennium.
So, why is this a big deal now? Sadly, it is probably because our president is a known sexual harasser who has been caught on videotape saying atrocious things about women.
ladies, quit throwing other women under the bus
Ladies. Quit blaming other women when men misbehave.
There is no witch hunt here.
Feminists don’t have an elaborate plan to topple the patriarchy by accusing innocent men of sexual impropriety. (Trust me. If we were, our first goal would have been to run Trump out of office.)
You don’t need to protect your husband from a pack of Sirens trying to lure your man to his inevitable doom because he is weak and unable to resist temptation. (I’m looking at you, Karen Pence.)
quit raising your boys to “be boys”
If I had a penny for each time I have heard someone say that a male’s bad behavior is just “boys being boys.”
And it is usually their mom defending them.
Your boy isn’t just “being a boy.” Your boy is being an asshole. You need to take a long close look at your parenting and the male influences in your son’s life to figure out why. And change what you are doing so your son doesn’t grow up to be the next Matt Lauer (or Al Franken, or Bill Clinton, or Donald Trump).
Quit blaming your son’s bad behavior on the girls. Young women aren’t a bunch of seductresses out to tempt your son and force him into sexual impropriety. Even if they were, your son should have enough self-control and good judgment to walk away.
yes, yes you can be fired for an allegation
Are you all hot and bothered because poor Matt Lauer lost his job for an alleged offense and you want to see proof that it true?
Well, who made YOU judge and jury?
It is none of your damn business why NBC fired Matt Lauer.
Matt Lauer worked for NBC, a private company with terms of employment. Undoubtedly, there was an employment contract between Matt Lauer and NBC that explained the circumstances and repercussions if Matt Lauer either quit or was fired.
End of story. Nobody gives damn whether YOU think it is fair or unfair.
And let me put this into a different context.
What if today’s news story was a high school teacher fired for alleged sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old student.
Would you still be arguing about allegations versus proof? Would you think that the high school teacher should remain on the payroll until a court found him guilty?
I sure hope not.