In late 2017, there’s been a wave of women calling out men for harassing them or attacking them. This started in early October. One can only hope that this is a permanent thing. I don’t want it to ever end.
Men have to take full responsibility for their own actions. There’s no excuse to touch a woman without her consent. Things far worse than a mere touch can make you lose your job or even end up in prison.
That’s as it should be. A lot of guys think they have carte blanche to do whatever they like to whoever they like with full authority and no consequences.
This year, a lot of powerful and famous men have had to face to consequences. There’s one obvious example of someone who’s behaved like that and brags about getting away clean. Yet someday, he may have to pay the piper as well.
It’s like the fallacy that racism is a black problem, not a white problem. A lot of people think that bad behavior by men is a woman’s problem not a man’s problem. Yet it’s a problem for both sexes. It’s a human problem.
We need to have all men, or as many men as possible man up. Not to man up in some macho, sexist or aggressive way but to try to become a real man. That means to treat all women that you encounter with the same respect you’d have for your mother, sister, sweetheart or wife.
This means that not only do the men at the top need to be held accountable. So do the men at the bottom, the men in the middle and everywhere in between. Rich or poor or middle class, we need to be aware of what’s alright or acceptable and what’s just plain wrong. This is also true not only in the West or in the United States. All male human beings, all over the world need to treat women fairly.
The feminists have been saying this for years and they’re absolutely right.
The 2017 list so far: