Originally published in October of 2017.
That is more than likely what would have happened if Harvey Weinstein were really Halley Weinstein (his female self). No one would say a word. Those that did would have been shunned. And the media would not have made his sexual misconduct a major hit piece.
Oh, how dare I make such an assumption.
Not making an assumption but rather a legitimate point considering we, in America, have never witnessed a major media piece on a female executive engaged in sexual misconduct.
“That just means female executives don’t engage in such crude behavior!”
Ha! How deaf, dumb, and blind we must be to make such a false assumption. Of course, female executives have been engaged in such conduct.
How things are handled.
Internally, things of such controversy get handled very different when a female is the sexual predator toward a male.
First, few even believe it.
Second, when the seldom times such cases are brought to light, they are quickly settled internally often without any blowback toward the female oftentimes making her appear to be a victim.
Third, media rarely, if ever, is willing to pick up the type of story unless it is a lower class female predator such as a teacher or prison guard.
Such a taboo subject of women sexual predators appears to be just that, “taboo.”
But, in November of 2016, The Atlantic went on a limb and published a very real and genuine article on the subject titled, The Understudied Female Sexual Predator
ScienceDirect.com has a series of peer review articles discussing female predators. The below are two exceptionally written documents that fully support everything written within this piece. (sorry, you need a subscription to read the below in their entirety)
Female sex offenders: A challenge to certain paradigmes. Meta-analysis
Sexual victimization perpetrated by women: Federal data reveal surprising prevalence
The question we must ask is why are female sexual predators, specifically those females holding high office positions, rarely discussed let alone news worthy?
The below three points are merely assumptions to the aforementioned question:
- Per the numbers of females in today’s workforce versus that of say sixty years ago, we have become socially conditioned to maintain a perception that females do not engage in such workforce sexual activity being the predator versus the actual prey.
- Men have been socially conditioned to remain silent about sexual advances by female superiors often believing it is a sign of weakness.
- A major feminist movement inside America has assisted in ensuring men constantly stand in the forefront of such heinous acts. (Of note, this is something, a feminist, explained in her findings in the piece Sexual victimization perpetrated by women: Federal data reveal surprising prevalence. Yes, one of the authors is a self-described feminist)
Many will assume this writing is an attempt to slide pressure off of Harvey Weinstein and that could not be farther from the truth.
It is written during a time where more and more females appear to be jumping on a very false premise assuming men are the sole predators in such acts when in fact, enough evidence suggests such perception to be completely false.
Others will assume this piece is written to target women during a time when men are in a bad media spotlight due to Harvey Weinstein’s recent debacle which is also a false assumption.
This is written because for several years, I have become more engrossed with sexual predators and human trafficking. Throughout my studies, I have learned that young boys and adult men can and often are victims to sexual predators and its critical we as a society look at sexual predators from a total gender perspective and not just one specific gender.
And to shed a bit more light on this subject, the below information should assist others in realizing the issue from a numerical standpoint.
In 2014, according to Slate.com, “the National Crime Victimization Survey turned up a remarkable statistic. In asking 40,000 households about rape and sexual violence, the survey uncovered that 38 percent of incidents were against men.”
According to RAINN.com, the following three facts have been outlined:
As of 1998, 2.78 million men in the U.S. had been victims of attempted or completed rape.
About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.
And yes, a significant number of males being raped come from male on male crime however, a large portion come from women sexual predators. As one passionate about this subject, admittedly, I am using the Harvey Weinstein case to help educate our society about sexual assault in its entirety and not just from one side of the spectrum.
The issue is not a male issue.
The issue is not a female issue.
The issue is not a cultural issue.
The issue is a human nature issue.