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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein got fired from own company–the Weinstein Company–after revelations of a long pattern of sexually abusing actresses and other young women. He joins the ranks of other prominent men–Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, etc.–who have been brought down by their sexual predations. The Sexual Revolution taught that sex is “no big deal.” Evidently, sex is a “big deal” after all.
In a thoughtful column on the subject, Cal Thomas cited one of Weinstein’s excuses: “Lisa Bloom, who resigned last Saturday as an adviser to Weinstein, made the laughable claim that he is a ‘dinosaur’ who came of age at a time when such behavior was more acceptable.” As an excuse, the “dinosaur” defense is indeed laughable. But it is still telling.
Revolution - Teachings - Attitudes - Limits - Behavior
The Sexual Revolution overthrew all moral teachings and cultural attitudes that put limits on sexual behavior. As a result, in the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s, it was commonplace to hear that “sex is no big deal.” In fact, in the pop Freudianism of the day, freely having sex with no restraints was seen as a good thing, a healthy expression of one’s inner drives. Not wanting to have sex, on the other hand, was seen as bad. Being “repressed,” “inhibited,” having “hangups” was like a sort of mental illness in need of cure.
Men used that kind of rhetoric to try to talk women into having sex with them. When they succeeded, or when they failed but imposed themselves on women anyway, they could justify what they did by rationalizing that they were performing a sort of liberation. I suspect that when Bill Cosby covertly drugged a woman with Quaaludes, he thought that the pills would help “loosen her inhibitions.” He was doing her a favor.
Women - Violated
Now the women who were used and abused very likely did feel violated...
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