If you've been following news of any kind over the past 48 hours, you can hardly scroll through without there being content regarding the latest allegations of sexual misconduct. Whether the accused are people in the entertainment industry or politics (both national and local), it appears to have reached a point where the victims are saying enough truly is enough.
While I am appalled at how pervasive sexual harassment and assault appears to have been in those two specific areas, I can at least take heart that the victims now feel emboldened enough to come forth not only for their personal healing but also to spare others from being in the same position. Nevertheless, it still saddens me that said victims had to suffer in silence for so long.
When powerful men like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bill O'Reilly, Louis C.K., etc. are rendered persona non grata literally overnight, it's quite clear that such abhorrent behaviors now have an absolute zero tolerance in any segment of society. But with that said, I'm certain I'm not the only one who has pondered why this behavior was able to go on for so long. And what possessed these high profile personalities to believe that their insidious behavior was beyond reproach? Was there anything that could have halted this years ago?
Matt Yglesias posed a query worth considering.
I wonder how much healthier a place we’d be in as a society today if Bill Clinton had resigned in shame back in 1998. — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 10, 2017
Is it possible that a leader of the free world voluntarily moving on due to using his position of power to do whatever he pleased would've given pause to others abusing their authority? There's no way to know for certain, but I can't imagine Clinton slinking back to Arkansas wouldn't have been a deterrent to some.