I’ve been feeling yucky and off for weeks now and I think I’ve pinpointed why. Sure, it’s been nearly two weeks of solid rain with fluctuating temperatures and my fourth sinus infection in less than a month, but that’s not it. It’s the news and what I like to refer to as, ‘The Weinstein Virus.’
Oh my God.
Media saturation not only about Mr. W himself, but now every Jill, Beth and Sally who are coming forward with their stories.
Now don’t get your knickers in a knot, I’m so proud of all the women who are facing their fears and exposing these arseholes, but the fact that the media is finally deciding to capitalise on these stories after so long simply because women in Hollywood made it a popular topic first is disgusting. For decades, average women in every industry have been going to the media about this kind of thing to try and get someone to listen, but only now is it getting the publicity it deserves and should have gotten a long time ago.
This is a BIG FUCKING issue. Women make up half the population and it’s not just something WE need to talk about to each other, but something EVERYONE needs to talk about.
Some men (and women, for that matter!) have said, “This kind of thing has been going on for years!” as if that somehow makes it okay or that there’s no point in speaking up. There is ALWAYS a reason to speak up. Have people not learned ANYTHING in all the years of not only women’s rights, but simply, human rights? Making primitive comments like that could be likened to saying that black people shouldn’t speak out about racism because, well, “This kind of thing has been going on for years!”
If women and men don’t keep talking about it, don’t keep pushing for change, then nothing will happen. It will become something that is accepted as normal behaviour, when everyone knows it’s wrong.
Women need to speak up. Men need to let us talk about it. We shouldn’t have to keep saying, “Not all men.” Fuck that hashtag. We know not ALL men, but #notallmen, can you please speak up and help us out here? Support us by listening to us, not justifying sexist behaviour, not saying stupid things like, “Oh, boys will be boys,” and helping to educate other men about their behaviour. This needs to be a combined effort to change things.
I am still SO FUCKING angry about what happened to me last year and it’s not going to go away when I keep reading about it in the media. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m going to stop reading the news. No. What I am going to do is jump in and be part of that movement that says to men (#notallmen) get your fucking acts together and tell other men who do that shit to stop being fucking wankers.
I’m an angry fucking woman and I have the fucking right to be, just as every woman should be.
Jump on the bandwagon and come along for the ride!