Almost all of the fields where this happened are highly oligarchic and controlled by the left. The males who rose to power in it, mostly by mouthing feminist platitudes, were, therefore, left with unchecked power over the careers of a lot of women.I come from a similar field, and I’m going to tell you I have lots of sympathy for those women. As my friend Dave Freer put it recently, “we never gave sexual favors, but to be honest, we were never asked sexual favors.” Which… maybe he wasn’t. I was, and I knew when I was turning the “kind offer” down, I was turning down the advance of my career as well. But I was married and monogamous (still am) and that’s far more important than a career....So I’m not holding up my nose at victims, and I’m not covered in righteousness and glory.When you’re in a field where you have to pass the scrutiny of a tiny, select number of gatekeepers – when you know that the number of slots available for artistic work to even reach the public is much smaller than the number of people jostling for a slot — you’re going to do whatever it takes to get one of those slots. Sure. I get that....And the sexual extortion in Hollywood, in news, in various kinds of showbiz happened because women gave in to it, cowered to it, and even protected the offenders. Because they wanted a career.
So… we’ve established what they are, they just don’t like the price they paid, and are trying to revoke the deal retroactively.Let’s make no mistake here: yeah, sure, the abusers were enabled by the media. They were enabled by an establishment that protected men acting like moronic glands on legs if they spouted the right opinions. They were protected by money, power, and prestige.And the women gave in to them because they had power, money, prestige. Because the women wanted a career, advancement. Money....For men who persist or who start out with groping, where I come from in another time and place, there was the slap, or for the really slow of learning ones, the punch....Every woman who didn’t react to these untoward, unacceptable advances in one of these ways fed the system that abused other women. Most of these men were actually convinced they were irresistible and the women were willing. Why would they not be? That was their experience.And this is not acceptable.If women are going to be adult human beings, in the workplace we need to stand on two legs and demand to be treated like adult human beings. We need to, yes, refuse tainted advancement based on putting out. We need to behave as professionals....No one can victimize you unless you allow it. And allowing yourself to be victimized for power and money is not victimization, it’s greed and ambition.The continuous denunciation carnival grows tiresome, much as we on the right are watching your cannibal feast with growing fascination....You wanted into the workplace, you have it. Now hold the line. Refuse to sell your body for a career.All these victims coming out and crying about long-past sins? These monsters you’re now denouncing? Ladies, you created them.You can choose to stop this now and turn it around. Or you can go shambling further into insanity and restriction of women's options.The ball is in your court and the choice is yours.