Mr. #MeToo: The Double-edged Sword of Feminism

“I felt like they thought I was a liar,” Tiffany Thomas Lopez, a former Michigan State University softball player, and victim of convicted serial sexual predator, team doctor Larry Nassar, says. She eventually met with Destiny Teachnor-Hauk, an athletic training supervisor at the university. “She brushed me off, and made it seem like I was crazy. She made me feel like I was crazy.”
In the wake of the charges of sexual assault of a minor against Nassar, narratives like this one from ESPN and others show the methods of how systemic sexual abuse can be contained within an organization. And while this type of gaslighting can absolutely be used as a tactic to deter the victim from speaking out, and as more and more victims continue to emerge and compound the vastly-concealed systemic sexual abuse epidemic in America, the question must be asked:
– What is it exactly that fuels sexual predators? Is it materialism, feminism or the ego? The mainstream narrative will have you believe it can be attributed to an enabler’s culture, but that is only a small part of the equation.
The surfacing of recent allegations against Aziz Ansari and James Franco have called into question what little credibility the MeToo movement had left. In both of these cases, the victims have brought accusations that they were “taken advantage of” by the respective male celebrity, although both men evidently thought they had consent at the time.
Fortunately, most of the editorials from progressive outlets like the New York Times and Vox addressing the story admit the questionable editorial decision to publish the story. And most importantly, they recognize that this instance stands alone from all the other recent sexual abuse allegations characterized by “abuse of power in the workplace and serial sexual harassment and assault.”
Vox suggests that “it’s something of a miracle that sexual harassment and abuse has remained a priority, especially at a time when news lives and dies by the hour.”
To me this is no miracle. And in light of the fact we do live in a time with so much noise vying for our short-lived attention spans, there must be good reason the media has kept this issue at the forefront of the news cycle.
What is miraculous is how this epidemic could remain in secret for so long before the victims began coming forward. Sure, in many of the individual cases, the presiding organization seemingly covered-up the instances of abuse for the abuser, in what can be deemed “don’t rock the boat” scenarios. There have been many articles to shed light on that fact.
The author of the Atlantic  asked, “Why did Brad Pitt, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, work with Harvey Weinstein not once, but twice after the executive had allegedly attacked both his ex-fiancée Gwyneth Paltrow and then-wife Angelina Jolie? Why did Quentin Tarantino, whose films are responsible for much of Weinstein’s success, continue to work with him after learning that he attacked his ex-girlfriend, Mira Sorvino?”
This echoes the conclusion of the ESPN article, which suggest “You don’t get someone like Larry Nassar, you don’t get a pedophile who is able to abuse without there being a culture surrounding him in that place. Until we deal with the enablers, this is going to continue to happen.”
As evident, in many cases the blame is placed on the superiors or partners for allowing the behavior to continue once they had knowledge of it. But who is holding any of these people accountable? If their superiors knew these horrific deeds were being carried out, they were accessories to the act in every instance which occurred about they found out, and should be forced to pay the respective penalty.
In both the USGA and Penn State serial-sexual abuse cases where the alleged pedophile was convicted, the higher ranking remembers simply were forced to resign, or in the case of the Penn State University president, get a job working for a National Security Agency.
Rather than dig deeper and investigate the true cause of what is allowing this to happen, progressive news editors use their efforts to place blame on the “boys club” atmospheres, power dynamics (actually, very deserving of blame) or the self-dubbed feminist who believes the title allows him a free pass to act like a pervert (See, Vox article).
The syndication of these types of stories allows for opinions to be expressed which are intended to trigger both sides, left and right, and make the whole issue about gender rather than about perversion, and egotism, as it truly is. It came as little surprise to me when I discovered in the Vox article that Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp (Fox News) owns the majority stake in, the website that originally published the Ansari attack article.
When liberal and alt-right news outlets get hold of (or create) a story like this and run with it, it detracts validity and attention from the public investigation into the legit systemic sexual abuse that plagues America. No one, it seems wants to face the fact America is just a bunch of mobile phone porn-watching deviants, and that this fact may have something to do with perceived power dynamic.
Where have you ever see an example of a loving, healthy relationship in a porn movie? As far as I know, there isn’t a proven, direct correlation between porn consumption and practicing sadistic sexual behaviors, but it takes little stretch of the imagination to believe there is one.
When this type of systemic sexual abuse has been proven to occur at Big 10 colleges, national pro sports organizations, the UN and in the entertainment industry, and the head coaches and presidents of those respective organizations knew about it, something larger than simply a “culture of enabling” is at play. There is a major societal breakdown somewhere along the way.
The issue, then, is even simply acknowledging these instances as the Ansari story as “rape” prevents exploration into where this breakdown is occurring, and the serving of justice for individuals complicit in the crime. Turning the conversation around #MeToo into a shouting match between left and right, male and female, only serves to detract significance and attention from other instances that are truly microcosms of the American sexual abuse epidemic. Specifically, the ones in Hollywood, collegiate and world sports, public media and global government organization are the ones that are limited to the periphery of the public’s consciousness. For every one person who knows about the USGA scandal, there are ten who have an opinion on the #MeToo movement’s moment at the Golden Globes.
The best way as citizens to alleviate this problem gripping society is to turn attention towards the root cause of the problem, not focus in on the behaviors it produces. Otherwise the ugly cycle will continue to spin.
Stay tuned for part II, which will aim to explore the root causes of the American sexual predator epidemic.

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