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Changing bureau enlightenment isn’t going to stop the Harvey Weinsteins of the world


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My co-worker Josh Barro
floated an thought this week, in response to the news that Harvey
Weinstein is being accused of sexually badgering and assaulting
women for decades.

In a
column
, he argued that
one way to suppress this kind of function is to create “more
formal, reduction ‘fun’ bureau cultures.”

He’s not the only one who has suggested this. More than one
author has used the Weinstein liaison to advise Hollywood’s
“casting
couch” enlightenment — meetings in hotels or producers’ homes —
needs a change. 

This is blank the point, and descending into a trap that we
all should avoid. 

The problem here isn’t that social celebration after work, or
informal cultures, create the conditions for sexual
nuisance or even difficulty about what’s appropriate. The
problem is that men consider they can take advantage of women and
that they will be stable by the institutions – and people –
around them. 

Rampant passionate nuisance isn’t
singular to the party or record industries (both places
you could disagree that are built on spontaneous workplace culture).
It’s a charge that’s intended at
law firms and prominent
universities — and the allegations are mostly just as
pale as those against Weinstein. They’re just not being leveled
by A-list celebrities so we don’t go berserk.  

Formalizing the work
environments has zero to do with the larger issue of sexual
harassment.  Even when there are grave norms in place —
passionate nuisance policies, or laws on the books — harassers
continue to harass. Women are tormented by friends, family, people
on the street, bosses, co-workers, and finish strangers.

In extended daylight.

With no ethanol involved. 

The clearer
subdivision should be between what is the right way to provide a
associate human being and what is acceptable. Men, from the time
they are young, have some-more energy in multitude than women do, and the
second they comprehend this  — and that there are structures in
place that will support them in this faith — the ones who are
disposed to harass will do so. And they’ll only stop if, eventually,
30 years later, something finally breaks. 

We need — as a society — to
enforce 
norms about
how people need to act regardless of either they’ve had vodka
shots or not.

And, maybe many important, we need to listen to victims, not
shrug the shoulders, not make excuses. We need people in
energy to mount up to other people in power, even when it is
untimely or difficult.

We need to retaliate men when they have finished something wrong — not
after 30 years of vouchsafing them have income or status save them.
We need to learn children to honour one another and their
personal space and boundaries.

No, this change will not take place overnight. It is clearly not
as elementary as observant “don’t harass women” given women have been
observant that for a very prolonged time. 

But let’s not make the mistake of arguing that we should change
workplace enlightenment to residence something that happens whether
we’re in the bureau or not. 

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