Recently in the vaunted New York Times, the more highbrow and sophisticated dispensers of the sexual harassment hysteria, we had two stories. The Times still considers itself refined journalism, so instead of blaring the shaming news on its front page, like television and the Internet, the current scandal stories were buried inside on page 15.
In one story, James Franco, an actor who recently won a Golden Globe award, was accused by several women after the award was given, saying he “sexually exploited them or behaved inappropriately.” Some of the women even discussed their experiences on social media during and after the Golden Globe broadcasts, so the world would know what a cad was getting such a prestigious award.
Though Mr. Franco denied doing anything inappropriate, and said he “supports the rights of women to call out acts of sexual misconduct,” the news was out, and we shall see how it affects Mr. Franco’s until then rising career.
One of his accusers, Violet Paley, now 23, said she began a “romantic relationship” with Mr. Franco during which he “coerced her to perform” a sex act. Another woman, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, an aspiring actress, wrote “Remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it?”
Imagine going to Hollywood, looking only for fame and fortune, and having men behave like that? It’s shocking!
In the other Times story, we find that a high powered executive at Morgan Stanley, Harold E. Ford, a former congressman, who was fired because of accusations made in e-mails four years ago that a female journalist he had dinner with felt “harassed.” The reporter, Lauren Tara La Capra, was interviewing Mr. Ford for an article she was writing for Reuters, and said some of Mr. Fords behavior during the evening made her feel “uncomfortable,” according to the Times, even though there was no physical contact. Ms. La Capra even emailed him: “Had fun tonight. Thanks for inviting me out.”
Morgan Stanley had originally dismissed charges of “sexual harassment” when they first looked into the matter, because the charges were never corroborated. But news that Ms. La Capra was uncomfortable during the evening four years ago reached some of her “journalism” colleagues – let’s call them sexual harassment investigative reporters – who called Morgan Stanley, asking about allegations that a “high-profile executive,” namely Mr. Ford, “had harassed a female journalist.”
In its corporate spinelessness, Morgan Stanley, rather than telling the “journalists” that they had already looked into the matter and found nothing, fired Mr. Ford, and that “amid a national outcry over sexual harassment, the bank had little choce but to fire Mr. Ford.”
As for the accused, he hired a lawyer to clear his name, saying, “After more than 20 years of building a reputation working hard in the public and private sectors, all it took was one false claim to cost me my job and the ability to walk my kids to school without getting accusatory stares on the street.”
While the sexual harassment reporters seek out other corporate prey.
As the campaign to destroy males in the workplace continues, it looks like they are having to seek their prey with less and less evidence, but the effect is the same. Careers are being destroyed without due process or trial, on as little evidence as an email or phone call.
As the sexual harassment/inappropriate sexual behavior campaign spreads out to the corporate world, it is becoming clearer that it is turning to a massive witch hunt – no pun intended – and not about helping or empowering women in their place of work, but taking down powerful men and making men and women distrust each other in the workplace instead of enjoying each other’s company.
Harvey Weinstein was a no brainer. The guy was a certified pig. But trying to destroy a man’s career because a relationship goes sour, or there was an uncomfortable email sent? That’s a witch hunt.
Yet there seems to be some reservations of conscious rearing their heads that the sexual harassment campaign has gone too far. The recent case of Aziz Ansari, the cute, lovable looking comedian, who was outed by a woman known only as “Grace,” who said she was sexually harassed by Ansari on a date, while Ansari “believed that everything that occurred with his accuser was consential and welcomed.”
One emale commentator said: “So many women have wondered in a situation, ‘Have I said “no” decisively enough?'” Wolfe said. “They can’t quite figure out whether they want to go forward or leave. … And from the male perspective, he can’t quite figure out what the woman wants.”
Another commentator said: “Boys and men, like girls and women, also grew up confused about what was expected of them sexually in a culture that did not make speaking about sex easy for either sex.”
Or as another observer once wrote: “Women, what do they want. Great God, what do they want?”
The other crazy part to all this is that it is becoming more and more apparent that there are many LGBTQs – homosexuals – behind all this relentless male hunting, which begs the question: since when did homosexuality become a higher moral ground?
Personally, I’m an old school guy. I think a man and a woman together are the only place for love on this earth, where new life can be created, families formed and the next generation raised. Despite what they say, homosexuals are not gay.
They stole the word from guys like Frank Sinatra, who knew that to be truly gay was a connection between a man and a woman.
“A heart that’s true
There are such things
A dream for two
There are such things
Someone to whisper darling
You’re my guiding star
Not caring what you own
But just what you are”
There are still such things.