Harvey Weinstein. Ad Infinitum. Ad nauseam.

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Every time I sit down to write this blog post another sexual assault story breaks.

What follows are drafts I’ve started and stopped in an effort to document the scandals (plural) as new facts come to light.

October 10th

Here in America we like our sexual assault scandals to be “open secrets,” thank you very much. But the New York Times had to go and ruin everyone’s fun by reporting that Harvey Weinstein has been assaulting women in Hollywood for decades. According to the article, over a time period of about thirty years, “Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women,” the amounts of which range from 80,000 to 150,000 dollars.

The accounts from his accusers show a similar pattern. Weinstein would invite them to a meeting, which turned out to be in his hotel room, and Weinstein, who turned out to be wearing nothing but a bathrobe, would ask for massages, or for the women to watch him shower . . . .

 

October 19th

If you haven’t heard about the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal by now, you must be on some planet besides Earth. Or maybe you’re just a grad student buried under mountains of reading. I get it. So here’s a brief run-down: two weeks ago the New York Times reported that Hollywood mogul and rainmaker Harvey Weinstein has been harassing women for decades. The New Yorker also conducted an investigation, and at least thirteen women have come forward with their stories of harassment or assault at the hands (sorry) of Harvey Weinstein.

Mayim Bialik chimed in with her take in an oped letter which dabbles in victim blaming circa 1950s America, citing the age-old adage “wear more clothes, girls.” Thankfully Roxane Gay was there to set the record straight. . . .

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October 29th

Kevin Spacey must have been channeling his slick House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, when he crafted his response to allegations of sexual assault from actor Anthony Rapp, who claims that Spacey made sexual advances on him when he was fourteen years old. Spacey’s statement says 1.) he doesn’t remember the incident, 2.) it would have been thirty years ago, 3.) he was drunk, and 4.) he’s sorry. Also he came out of the closet. I don’t know about you, but my head sure is spinning.

Spacey is the latest man to get caught in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal net (I’m calling it that) that is sweeping across America and dredging up accounts of harassment and assault from women and men who have until now kept silent. . . .

 

November 9th

Louis C.K?! Goddammit. I can’t even write this post right now because I have to look for a different video to show my class tomorrow. A non-Louis C.K. video.

 

November 10th

The Huffington Post has reported that in 2008, Harvey Weinstein masturbated in front of a woman and ejaculated into a potted plant.

Serious question: is there a subset of the female population that enjoys watching middle-aged, blading, slightly overweight men jerk off? I’m not one to question the sexual proclivities of others, but I feel like I’m missing something.

I’m asking because The New York Times has reported that Louis C.K., a raunchy but adored comedian who says really inappropriate things in his acts, apparently also does really inappropriate things off stage. Sexual things. To women. Like masturbating in front of them. When they don’t want him to.

He apologized. Yadda, yadda, yadda, blah, blah, blah.

You suck, Louis C.K.

Also, Roy Moore, Candidate for U.S. senate, maybe was (maybe still is) a pedophile.

I cannot keep up with this shit. . . .

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Nov 13th

For once I agree with Mitch McConnell. I, too, believe the women.

So Mitch McConnell believes the (many) women who have come forward to accuse Roy Moore, candidate for the Alabama senate seat left vacant by Jeff sessions, of sexual assault in the ever blooming sexual assault scandal that started what seems like a million years ago with Harvey Weinstein (who, BTW, has had EIGHTY women come out against him with accusations of sexual harassment and assault). Good, that’s good. McConnell thinks that Moore’s accusers are telling the truth and has said that Moore is “not fit” to serve in the senate, and should he be elected, he (McConnell) would look for ways to expel him (Moore) from the senate.

But here I think we need to talk about the bloated, self-important, orange elephant in the room. Does McConnell believe the (many) women who have accused OUR PRESIDENT of similar acts? Can HE (Donald Trump) be expelled from office? Pretty please?

Also, when is Lehigh University going to revoke Trump’s honorary degree? Let’s be on the right side of history, mmmkay?

 

Last attempt, 11:34 P.M. Thursday, Nov. 16th

There’s a picture floating around the web of Al Franken: senator, comedian, author, liberal darling, pretending to “honk” a woman’s breasts while she sleeps. Not funny. He, too, has been accused of sexual assault.

If anybody needs me I’ll be in my bed, in the fetal position, until feminism has done its work and I don’t have to write blog posts about sexual abuse, harassment, assault, and the many other forms of sexual violence brought upon the world.

 

Are you tired of this? I am. By the time this gets published there will be more stories. I can’t document them all. This—sexual assault—is nothing new. It’s not going away any time soon. We may stop paying attention to it. I hope we don’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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