I’m back from Georgia and whilst I don’t like Georgia very much, I’m not happy to be back in NY either. My BS tolerance meter is at an all time low and frankly, NY really IS the bullshit state.
Are you reading for one of my rants?! Tough! You’re going to get one!
We’re going with Prostitution today. Prostitution is defined as the selling of yourself for financial gain. It’s referred to by many as the worlds oldest profession. Many joke that politics is the second oldest profession, I’m not so sure they aren’t twins.
There’s been a lot of media coverage about Harvey Weinstein. Stories about how he demanded sex in return for movie roles. I would like to state that I am in no way defending him. I think he’s a morally and physically repugnant creature who no one would touch with a barge pole if it wasn’t for his money and influence. If he was a janitor he couldn’t get a girlfriend at all.
And that there is the crux of it.
The women who slept with him did so because they wanted something in return. He knowingly used his power to get sexual favors by putting parts (in more ways than one!) on the table. They chose to sleep with him in exchange for something they wanted. That doesn’t make him less repugnant and it doesn’t excuse him from coercion but they made a choice. They chose a career move. There was an unwritten contract and it included and affected two people. Them and him. It didn’t affect my life or your life. That doesn’t make it right but that’s a different conversation. There’s also the conversation about how many people knew and said nothing.
Then we have politicians. And lobbyists. Also cash for favors and bloody big sums of it! Literal crimes have been committed against the whole country because some greedy company has stuffed money in the pocket of an even greedier politician. We have polluted water, poisoned ground, carcinogenic food substances banned in other countries and the list goes on.. crimes committed against all of us whilst a politician lines his pockets. Others are getting the cash but we’re the ones getting fucked.
So where are the news articles about lobbyists and politicians? Where is the outrage over all the things being forced on the entire country?
Where’s our choice in that?
An actress can choose whether she gets a part on her back or not – what do the people of Flint, Michigan get to choose?
Where’s the MeToo movement for us? Why do we even need one when we voted for these people to represent US?
Change is needed – and we need to start with ourselves and what we are prepared to live with.
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.