Harvey Weinstein’s conviction is a step in the right direction, but it took powerful, well-resourced women to take down Mr. Weinstein. In order to end the epidemic of sexual violence, we need to invest in research and to support all survivors by creating evidence-based programs to help them to lead full, healthy lives.
Although we cannot separate ourselves from our own culturally-limiting, physical embodiments of “female,” we can reveal, reject and resist every sexist misappropriation of ourselves. We can create a world for our daughters where female bodies no longer subject them to a gendered hell, but where all women reclaim their bodies for themselves.
Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. the two primary accusers in the case, were present in the New York courtroom. As the two primary accusers in the case exited the room, attendees in the audience applauded them. This celebratory atmosphere extended beyond the courtroom to the online sphere.
The feminist anthem has been performed in Spanish by women in contrasting racialized urban and less urbanized Latin American spaces, mestizo as well as indigenous, either in Oaxaca or the Amazonian. Spain and other European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand have witnessed the same orchestrating of the now popular feminist protest; in the United States, events at the Brooklyn Bridge, the LACMA in Los Angeles, and on some campuses such as Penn and UT Austin have taken place.
Weinstein’s trial is a perfect example of the ways we continue to doubt victims who have suffered “disorganizing consequences,” and why we still have so far to go.
“He’s not a great guy, but it’s not like he’s Harvey Weinstein.” It was said about a booker who made passes at younger comedians. It was said about a club producer who made “jokes” to me about trading sexual favors for spots. It was said about a comedian who sexually assaulted other comedians.
This past summer, I sat in an eight-hour mediation circle with the man who raped me. It was one of the first instances in the legal system in North America in which a sexual assault case concluded with an exercise in restorative justice.
The experiences of Larry Nassar’s victims are at the center of award-winning author Abigail Pesta’s latest book, “The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down.”
If we continue to let “boys be boys” and run wild, they’ll continue to grow up to commit serial acts of violence, sometimes in conjunction with wielding enormous power.
Girls are not prey. Let’s stop encouraging men to be predators.