PUNDITS are heralding the Harvey Weinstein judgment as a victory for women’s rights. But what about women’s responsibilities?
Who’s to blame for the rape culture? Laura Perrins asked when the Weinstein scandal broke in November 2017. We republish her article here:
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there may come a time when there are hardly any actors left in Hollywood who have not been accused of sexual assault or worse. Many have already admitted molesting women – some have denied it.
But there is no doubt that for decades the ultra-Left gods of Hollywood, part-creators of the culture we now find ourselves in, have systematically abused women. I pointed out a while back that the Left created this rape culture the feminists believe we live in.
In truth, while the brilliant book and series The Handmaid’s Tale depicted the abuse of women in a fictional fundamentalist Christian tyranny, the real abuse of women was occurring right under the noses of the Left-wing, right-on feminists of Hollywood. While Meryl Streep spent her entire Golden Globes acceptance speech slamming Trump, she never once called out Harvey Weinstein for the monster that he is.
In truth, if our culture has pockets of misogyny, much of it is produced by the current ‘popular’ culture. This was admitted by Guardianista Arwa Mahdawi, who accepted she was a bit of a sexist.
In this mea culpa, Mahdawi admitted that ‘On Tuesday, I heard about the rape allegations against the actor Ed Westwick, best known for his role as the womaniser Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl . . . Oh dear, I thought, when I first heard about the allegations. That’s ruined Gossip Girl for me. Which was a bizarre thing to think, really, considering that Gossip Girl should have been ruined for me a long time ago.’
Mahdawi continued, ‘Not just because of my age, but because the show is a shining example of rape culture; of how the degradation of women is normalised and women like me – proud feminists – can find ourselves taking a deeply sick status quo for granted. Can find ourselves putting up with things we shouldn’t put up with. Can find ourselves feeling sorry for our harassers.’
She finishes: ‘The recent allegations against Westwick are an important reminder that it’s not just a few bad men who are to blame for the problem of sexual harassment and abuse. It’s our entire culture.’
When I read this piece, I asked myself why would a feminist watch a show, ‘largely watched by teenage girls who has a character that is not only presented as being sexual abusive. But, importantly, he’s not presented as a nasty, criminal sort of sexual abuser. Just a bad boy who is thrillingly dangerous to know.’ If this is what my sisters are watching, then they are not just accepting a culture that degrades women, they are creating it.
Arwa Mahdawi admits that because of this she has some ‘internalised misogyny and sexism’. Well, I thought, perhaps the reason I don’t hate my own sex is because I largely, and to the best extent as I can, reject the ‘popular culture’ and try to shield my daughters from it. Yet no doubt I would be labelled a ‘fundamentalist’.
I can never understand why feminists watch something like Game of Thrones which, I am told, involves the rape of women, the killing of pregnant women and more. People watch this night after night and then wonder why the culture is so degraded.
Then we have all the detective series that depict the rape, murder and butchery of the female body. Oh, but it is warning of what male aggression can do to women. Ok, fine, perhaps it is true. But perhaps there comes a point when we have had enough shows about the rape, murder and butchery of the female body and perhaps there are a few oddballs out there who quite enjoy watching it.
These feminists are the same people who believe we must have abortion on demand to liberate women and have female equality. Really? I have thought long and hard about this and really, if the terms of equality on offer are that women must sacrifice their own pre-born children, then I say – screw you. I’m not signing up for that deal so toddle back to your drawing board and give me a better offer.
There are many boyfriends out there who use abortion as a way to get out of their responsibility to their girlfriends, and put plenty of pressure on them to abort an otherwise wanted child. And then there is the out-and-out use of abortion to facilitate the rape of minor girls, the very definition of rape culture.
So, feminist sisters, if this Weinstein scandal leads to a little more self-awareness then that’s a good thing. And when you denounce the rape culture, and the misogyny, and the harassment, ask yourself just who is promoting it? And when it comes to asking who is accepting it – look in the mirror.