Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Voice of ....

In times like these we turn to our leaders or those in places of faith in which to turn and hopefully impart words of wisdom from places of knowledge and experience which is why they are in said positions, the presumption of knowledge.  Who the fuck are we kidding!

The lights are on in the White House but nobodies home.  After watching Trump with the media's children trick or treating, the insulting their parents to commenting on a child's weight, I knew that even in the most innocuous times we will expect the Moron-in-Chief to be unable to offer simple words or thoughts.   Odd given that is natural form of speech.  And when I ranted about this on Twitter I received a tweet back saying that their Parents should be ashamed for allowing them to go to this event.  Yes blame the victims is alive and well.

So when I heard Whoopi Goldberg on the show Watch What Happens Live explain that the issues surrounding sexual harassment and rape at the workplace will come from Women when women start not having it.  Making it clear that they will not be taking it anymore and then it will stop.  Clear on details, no,  but once again blame the victim.  Gee are packs of Lesbians assaulting women too?

And of course John Kelly the presumed Trump whisperer in the White House.  Wrong again.  When asked about immigration, Kelly responded zero to one when asked how many should be allowed in. Okay then, which one exactly?  Then to follow up this he declared the Civil War a failure of compromise and that General Lee was a great General.  Yes this takes the meaning of the expression - thin blue line - to a whole new level.  This might explain why the "Gang of Three" consists of three utterly disconnected individuals - Munchin, Tillerson and McMattis.  These three have as much in common as Harvey Weinstein has with Kevin Spacey. Well except the rape part.   Okay they have a lot in common they work in the same industry and working in the same White House is as much as these three need to bond.

And the stories of harassment continue as the Ivy League is clearing house.  Columbia and Dartmouth  are just the most recent.   Columbia is most infamous for the woman who wore a mattress for months as a way of protesting how her rape case was handled by the administration.   But let us not forget that the New York Times wrote extensively about the assaults of children under the care of some of the most elite private boarding academies and schools throughout the New York region and New England.   I was vigilant in sharing those as they too are important lessons in many ways.   And still more are coming forward as the floodgates are opening.

I shared yesterday the seminal and perhaps the singular research about what comprises a rapists mindset and the reality is that is the most ordinary person who may do it once or twice or may continue to do so indefinitely.   So yes clearly we women need to speak up more and demand accountability.  And who do we demand it too? The Police, a larger male organization with their own sordid sexual issues.  Like these two Officers.  Or this Cop.  I got more if interested.  Google the phrase "Police and Sexual Assault" there is some good reading there and all current.

So Whoopi what exactly do you mean when we women need to put our foots down and speak up. To whom exactly?

There is no voice of reason here and the reality is that doors to all of this are held by DOORMEN, they possess the keys to the locks that will open this and in turn fix said locks.  So in other words, not going to happen. In the same way we will expect Donald Trump to finally act Presidential.  Notgonnahappen.

Some men disagree on what amounts to sexual harassment or assault
By Eugene Scott The Washington Post October 26 2017

For the past several weeks, sexual harassment has become a major topic in entertainment, media and politics.

Political leaders like President Trump and former president George H.W. Bush are showing up in the same conversations as members of the media who often reported on them, including former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, anchor Bill O'Reilly and former MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin.

The topic most recently gained traction after dozens of women went public with harassment and rape accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who gave $10,000 to the defense fund of former president Bill Clinton when he was fighting legal battles surrounding his sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

It also has put attention back on Trump, who has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by multiple women.

“It is hard to reconcile that Harvey Weinstein could be brought down with this, and [President] Trump just continues to be the Teflon Don,” said Jessica Leeds, who claims that she was groped 30 years ago on a plane by the president.

Trump denies the claims against him and said he was “not at all surprised” by the allegations about Weinstein.

Most people are not surprised that sexual harassment against women isn't limited to Hollywood or Washington.

A solid majority of Americans — 64 percent — say that sexual harassment in the workplace is a “serious problem” in the United States, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. That number was less than half — 47 percent — in the 2011 poll.

And nearly two-thirds of Americans say men who sexually harass female co-workers usually get away with it.

Many surveys look at women's views on this issue, but Instamotor surveyed 750 men across the United States to hear their experiences with sexual harassment or assault. And some of their responses were surprising.

Many men aren't even sure what sexual harassment is when to check-off whether a series of actions amounted to "sexual harassment or assault."

1 in 3 respondents don’t think catcalling is sexual harassment.
2 in 3 don’t think repeated unwanted invitations to drinks, dinner or dates is sexual harassment.
Nearly 1 in 5 don’t think sexual harassment is a fireable offense.

The poll was conducted using a non-probability online sample of men recruited by the survey firm Pollfish, rather than drawing a random sample of the public, and it is unclear whether results are representative of men in the U.S. overall. The surveys' question on definitions did not specify whether acts occurred between coworkers, where laws barring sexual harassment commonly apply.

Nonetheless, the survey found many men realize that they are surrounded by sexual harassment.

Nearly half — 45 percent — said they have witnessed someone being sexually harassed. And of those who have witnessed it, half have seen harassment happen in the workplace.

But there aren't many men speaking out as needed — something NPR correspondent Sarah McCammon noted on Twitter.

Only 1 in 3 men said they've directly confronted offenders after witnessing harassment or assault, and about a quarter say they regret not doing more. And nearly 1 in 5 — 18 percent — said they did or said nothing.

But former vice president Joe Biden wants to see men take a different approach. On Twitter this week, Biden posted a video with Lady Gaga addressing the issue.

Keeping up with politics is easy now.

“We want to make it real clear, it's on us — it's on everyone — to intervene, to stop abuse when they see it and when they hear about it, and to intervene,” Biden said.

“No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman for any reason other than self-defense, ever. Period,” he added.

Despite Biden’s plea and the increase in attention, a significant number of the men surveyed seem unconcerned about the issue. One in 4 respondents do not think the recent increase of conversations around sexual assault is justified.

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