Battle of the Sexes

No, this isn’t a review of the new movie out about that infamous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, although I do hope to see it soon. It looks hilarious and who couldn’t use more laughter in their life right now.

Today’s topic is Harvey Weinstein and female oppression. Hold on guys, don’t leave the room, as this isn’t a male bashing hit piece either. While the whole pathetic Weinstein saga brings about several steaming piles of hypocrisy just begging for dissection, what intrigues me most is how far off track we’ve gotten when it comes to women’s oppression, because those words have lost their meaning.

First, a brief summation of events. Harvey Weinstein is (was?) a big time movie producer and co-founder of Miramax films, who for decades used his industry power to pressure women in to having sex and/or perform lewd acts in front of. He is a living, breathing caricature straight out of 1930’s Hollywood of a cigar chomping film mogul who preys on women in return for movie roles. His number of accusers is now pushing 30 and growing daily.

Calling Harvey Weinstein a pig is an understatement and unfair to real pigs, who can be quite charming. He is a predator who views women in one of two ways; those that can fulfill his perverted sexual needs and those that can make his films successful and thus fatten his bank account. He is a selfish, vile abuser who oppressed women in the worst of ways and deserves the public flogging he’s now getting.

What to make then of Mitt Romney, who after a question about pay equity in the 2012 presidential debate said: 

“I had the chance to pull together a cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men . . . I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks?” and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

Ok, not the most eloquent statement, but it was clear he was saying that he went to great efforts to make sure women would be hired for his cabinet. Yet he was roundly pilloried by the Left as wanting to put women in binders, which quickly morphed in to the “big scare” narrative that Mitt Romney’s policies are from the 1950’s, implying he wants to oppress women by keeping them barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.

Of course this was a big fat lie drummed up by Team Obama to piggyback off the Left’s bigger, “War on Women” theme, which demonizes Republicans on issues like birth control, abortion and equal pay as wanting to oppress women.  Legitimate policy differences exist by the way on these topics, but it’s so much easier to exploit the vulnerable and demonize your opponents as sexist cavemen, than engage in debate.

Unfortunately it worked and the “women are oppressed” narrative along with a heavy assist from a compliant media, perpetually outraged feminists and, ironically, Hollywood, took on a life of it’s own. Women’s Studies’s classrooms across the country now teach as fact that oppression is everywhere, as common as the air we breath, brought to you by an invisible patriarchy that exists to keep women down.

Question, if women’s oppression is everywhere, so much that a squeaky clean Mitt Romney can be painted with such a villainous brush, how then do we describe the Harvey Weinstein’s of this world?  Is he like a Super Duper Women’s Oppressor or perhaps an Oppressor Extraordinaire?

No, Harvey Weinstein deserves the label of women oppressor without the  extra superlatives.   In normal times, it would be understood that this is a very serious business and accusing someone of such evil should not be taken lightly.

We don’t live in such times however, which unfortunately means Mitt Romney and many other good men will continue to be demonized,  as long as it pays off politically.  Welcome to the insanity of identity politics.

The problem is when the wolf constantly cries “oppression, sexism and patriarchy,” many folks tend to tune out, especially those being unfairly maligned and instances of real oppression and harassment don’t get the attention they should.

One final note, ladies, give the men in your life the benefit of the doubt that for the most part they are decent people and not out to harm or oppress you. Guys, don’t be so quick to dismiss our complaints of sexual harassment and abuse because it does happen.  It’s not the norm and certainly not systemic to our culture, but it is real and we need good men like yourselves to help combat it.

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25 Responses to Battle of the Sexes

  1. Good balanced essay, Trish. Just a couple comments…..

    To me, ‘oppress’ isn’t quite the right word to apply to what “Slime”stein did to actresses. Manipulate, subjugate, exploit, sexually extort……might be more precise.

    Regarding Mitt Romney’s choice of words: I never considered the “binders full of women” to be a gaffe at all. His “49%” thing was definitely an in-artful turn of phrase. And KS Representative Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” phrase in 2012 was very stupid and insensitive. But any leader of a big organization that’s not an information technology outfit who asks his staff to research something and bring him the results is likely to expect it to be brought in many 3-ring binders full of lists. Even in high-tech companies, some people remain stubbornly addicted to “hard copy” printouts of information, rather than online databases and virtual documents. So to me, the last thing I thought his phrase “binders full of women” indicated was sexism or exploitation. Rather, I thought it was indicative of an old-school way of managing the solutions to very large problems. As you note, however, the liberal media had a field day with it. My eyes still roll when I think about it. It was totally an absurd stretch to use that comment to paint him as sexist.

    – Jeff

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    • Tricia says:

      I know, I thought Romney was was so unfairly treated as well. The word “binders” was a bit awkward or old fashioned to me, but I didn’t take it to be a gaffe either. The Obama administration purposely pounced on it though (see both Obama’s and Biden’s comments immediately following that debate) which the media being the way it is ran with and the rest is history.

      You bring up a good point about oppression, which I appreciate because I too had reservations about comparing Weinstein;s actions to it, and thought long and hard before linking the two. In my view what Weinstein and others like him do is very much oppression (in addition to the other things you state), as it should be properly defined. Our post modern society has watered it down to be almost meaningless so I was trying to swing the pendulum back a bit.

      Thanks for dropping by Keith, it’s been awhile! 🙂

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      • Tricia says:

        Meant Thanks for coming by JEFF! Not sure where Keith came from…. 🤔

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        Enjoyed the post. Interesting comparison and contrast.

        What do I think the exposure of Harvey Weinstein’s behavior is doing? After what has apparently been a decades long coverup, America is now glimpsing Hollywood’s, the news media’s and the Democratic Party’s hypocrisy. That exposure will make smear campaigns a bit more difficult, but that is it.

        After reading your post, it occurs to me that we also ought to consider how this story came out after the effort to trash Donald Trump as some kind of sexual predator failed. Did Mitt Romney fail to do is something that Trump did do? I think so. Trump fought back with bare knuckled fury.

        Miss Keith too!

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        • Tricia says:

          I hope you’re correct Tom that this exposure will make smear campaigns more difficult but I am not holding my breath. That playbook is all many people know and it will be tough to learn how to actually engage a political opponent in reasoned debate. We can hope maybe they will just fade away! 🙂

          Yes, where is Keith, I hope he’s doing alright.

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        • Trish & Tom……I didn’t mean for my rare visit to subliminally remind you of Keith DeHavelle. According to his intermittent posts on his blog (which you’ve probably seen if you follow his page), his health is VERY intermittent. I hope he hits an upswing again — his mind is a gem.

          As Trish notices, I post only brief items on FB nowadays because it takes just a few seconds to capture a thought. I know…..FB is the junk food of social media. But it fits with my extremely sparse internet access time. Wish I had more of it, but the times they are a changin’.

          Cheers to both of you,
          – Jeff Rutherford

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  2. David says:

    Weinstein still has better morals than the Clinton’s or Obama. If we do not see massive protests by women over this, I think this puts to rest my listening to any more BS. Obviously, anything coming from the human sludge of our main street media or Hollywood is strictly controlled to protect the Weinstein’s of the world, of which the majority are in the cesspool of Hollywood. He is the normal as Pedophilia is and always has been the biggest problem in Hollywood.

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    • Tricia says:

      I wouldn’t say he has better morals than the Clintons, but they are all deeply flawed people in their own ways. Hollywood does indeed have a pedophilia problem but to the best of my knowledge Weinstein wasn’t involved in that. Still a scumbag none the less and one that many in the industry took pains to protect.

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      • David says:

        I think he has better morals as to get to the top of the Democratic Party you have to be total slime. I would be very surprised if he wasn’t involved in pedophilia as that is clearly covered up by the same type of men who run our main street media. I know you can’t even imagine yourself, but these people are not just bad, they are wicked evil.
        In Hollywood you either stick to the immoral, racist, sexist attitude of the left or you don’t have work. I personally love how they portray white males as stupid, it certainly makes me feel warm to their their cause. No, the vacuous vomit coming from Hollywood will only influence the cattle of the world who don’t actually think and turn the stomach of anyone with decency. This needs to be pointed out frequently with anyone on the left.
        Also, don’t look for protests from women because the will not be against someone supposed for “their” interests. Unfortunately, the Democrats destroy women and minorities while purporting to help them for political gain. It is just that simple and if people can’t figure this out they are simply cattle. If you are a women in Hollywood or are a famous actress, is someone naive to think they haven’t “performed” accordingly? To stay famous they also must spout inane piffle to the ilk of the likes of the WeinStein’s, as they are the many, not the few. Supporting Hollywood or listening to what they say, is too support the debasement of society.

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        • Tricia says:

          You don’t have to convince me of liberal hypocrisy as pertains to them putting up with a whole lot of bad people as long as their politics are correct. Not all Democrats are this way though, I certainly know some good ones where our differences reside on policy, not character. You see this on the right too. Trump certainly doesn’t have the highest of morals but plenty of folks lowered their own personal judgement bars to hitch to his wagon.

          Plenty of liberal women have been outraged over Weinstein and rightly so. What bothers me and what I tried to reflect upon in my post is that they will use the same “oppressive” descriptions to describe conservative politicians, so much so that the word loses meaning.

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          • David says:

            As I have discussed before, I don’t doubt most peoples good intentions, but a leftist women’s (I don’t find them even remotely liberal or open minded) follow thru is ripe with hypocrisy and a lack of understanding of what really is good for them. I do find it humorous to listen to their ramblings which lack any connection with reality. They can be extremely funny, they just don’t realize it!

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  3. Al says:

    Eloquently stated and well thought out, Tricia. And, of course, Hillary is deflecting this toward Trump to further her anti-Trump agenda. This woman has absolutely no conscious whatsoever. Married to the worst womanizer and pervert in the history of politics, but all is forgiven with him. I am so disgusted with politicians it’s making anarchy look good.

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    • Tricia says:

      Thanks Al and you are so right that the narrative has already begun to somehow paint this as “Trump’s America” which is absurd. Seediness and corruption have been a part of Hollywood since its birth and Hilary has zero credibility on sexual assault issues. You’d think she’d have some self awareness about that but her mind is and always will be focused on gaining power.

      Anarchy sure does sound tempting at times, glad we’d be on the same side! 😉

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  4. Harvey Weinstein is a despicable human being. The previous seven words is all it takes to define the character of this man. Instead, our society makes him “front page news” maximizing the impact by incorporating the political world into this topic of SEXISM (and all the adjectives used to define this topic.)

    In today’s political environment, words are critically evaluated to elicit emotional outrage rather than identify topics to improve awareness and bring about positive changes. Productive dialogue is substituted with personal attack to discredit character. Campaigns spend enormous amounts of money on “negative campaign advertising” often based on outright fabrications. The word politics can no longer be used in the same sentence with words such as honor, morals, integrity and ethics. Campaigns are about demoralizing one’s opponent. How many elections have you heard the public claim, “I’m voting for the lesser of two evils!”

    I’m proud to be a citizen of this country, but this is not what “being an American” stands for. It currently stands for DISPARITY. Those who are wealthy are provided very different “punishments” and outcomes than those who are poor. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton and many others have used positions of great power to gain “favors” from women that otherwise would not have occurred. Perjury sends people to JAIL, yet those in positions of power are not prosecuted to the same degree of the law as those without power and resources. Why has Bill Clinton been forgiven by the public for REPEATED indiscretions? I guess it’s easier to forgive sexism and gender abuse overall when the economy is strong. To error is human; to repeat one’s error over and over again is WILLFUL misconduct! We accept this reality with the phrase, “that’s just the way it is.”

    Until each of us is willing to view character, morality, ethics, honesty and integrity with more meaning and value, the Harvey Weinstein’s, Bill Clinton’s, Hillary Clinton’s, Donald Trump’s, Roger Ailes, etc… of the world will continue to believe their “inalienable rights” extend far beyond the rest of the citizens of our country!

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    • Tricia says:

      “Character, morality, ethics, honesty and integrity”. Such great words there Jonathan but yet they somehow sound quaint and old fashioned when thinking of American politics today. You are so right that nothing will change until we learn to value these words again and demand those qualities in the leaders we elect. And we should ALL be willing to call out rats no matter the political party they affiliate with. The hypocrisy on this one subject alone is enough to drive me bananas.

      You bring up another important point about the rich and powerful playing by a different rulebook than us sorry citizen suckers. It is true and as we all witness more and more public people get away with things that would put you or I behind bars, the sense of futility and anger just grows. We are at a very dangerous tipping point in this country and I don’t see it getting better.

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      • There are so many social issues facing our country (all at the same time.) Everyone shouts, “injustice”, but few of these same people are willing to sit down and DISCUSS reasonable solutions with acceptable compromises. I call this period in history the “venting” period. People aren’t yet ready to LISTEN. They need to shout and release built up hostility to vent their frustrations. This approach doesn’t solve community or society problems, but it sometimes limits the amount of destruction communities and societies must temporarily face. Persistence eventually leads to the emergence of quality leaders that collectively bargain within reasonable parameters that result in positive changes. It’s a slow tedious process that always faces dissenting opinions.
        If we think times are difficult today , can you imagine how people felt as they faced the pains during the birth of our nation?

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        • Tricia says:

          I like your take on this Jonathan with the “venting period” theory. You could very well be right that all the shouting and hostility is a way for society to relate its toxic buildup instead of outright exploding.

          I can only imagine what things were like during our nation’s founding, probably extremely unpleasant at times.

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  5. Oh how the mighty now fall—almost daily a new “hollywood” fellow is being called out since Weinstein fell from grace….Affleck, Clooney as the cards begin to fold…and funny how Hillary has now jumped on the bandwagon while being married to one of the more notorious…. but claims his troubles are in the past—but how dare she jump at other’s “troubles” as they may also be past…she best just be quiet and let it go…just as she did with Bill.

    It’s all just a mess isn’t it?
    A system almost as old as time—the big and powerful using said position to be satiated by the lowly up and coming who are willing to do whatever in order to climb up that ladder…
    No one needs to sell out for the sake of a shot, a role, a chance…and yet, they have and they do time and time again…allowing the Weinsteins, the Clintons, the whomevers to continue doing what they do —it’s the “favor” begetting the favor notion…

    And where has the moralistic society gone…?

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    • Tricia says:

      Yup, like dominos come towering down once the motion gets started. Hollywood and politics have always had an incestuous relationship, they both need and suck up to each other and will do so no matter the character of people involved. Until one gets thrown from the inner circle to the wolves that is. The rest of the group closes ranks while joining in on the feast of the former golden child.

      What bugs me to no end though is people, mostly liberals, abusing strong words like oppression, sexist, etc…to denigrate conservative Republicans but yet stay absolutely silent or even defend the likes of a Harvey Weinstein or Bill Clinton. And Hilary really just needs to stop talking. The hypocrisy is obvious but yet it continues because words have no meaning in our culture any more and actions from the powerful hold no consequences. Is this the cause of or the result of morals gone haywire? I’m not sure the difference even matters any more.

      Pass the popcorn as the show is just getting started! 😉

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  6. This was well said, Tricia. It’s a shame because I really feel as if the movement for women’s well being was hijacked and politicized. So those of us who care about things like domestic violence or sexual assault have been forced to set those things aside. The hypocrisy, the false allegations against good men, the cultural/political protection of bad ones, has just removed all integrity from feminism, and by extension, from those who wish to create a better world for women and families.
    Harvey Weinstein is one example,but the Seattle Mayor is another much closer to home,who has been protected and sheltered for decades.

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    • Tricia says:

      Hijacked is an apt word for that IB and in my view it was strategically political from the beginning. Maybe not in the trenches of the feminist movement, as in people marching for this or that cause, but from what I’ve read, there were some very influential leaders from the 1960s and onward who used the women’s movement as a vehicle to push us towards a Marxist state. We certainly see that today.

      So many good men I think have sort of tuned out too and that to me is the saddest part. Who can blame them though as they are constantly being blamed for all of society’s ills just by being born male.

      Forgot about the Seattle Mayor, he is a special case, isn’t he. And yet honestly, if I hadn’t read about him through your posts, I’d probably not even know who he was. He follows the “correct” type of politics so he doesn’t get the same publicity those whose don’t would.

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  7. Wally Fry says:

    I have little to say here, Tricia. I have little to say about men/women issues in general, as I can’t fix all of you people when I am fixing me at the moment. Great post. Weinstein is a pig, and some father and or brother should have opened a can of whippin on him years ago. Thanks for your balanced approach to this. Mostly thanks for always being a supporter of men in a world that things we all suck.(That is all of the social commentary I have.)

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    • Tricia says:

      You do good social commentary Wally! I so hear you too on too many people to fix while some days it’s amazing I can get my clothes on correctly. A can of whippin is a good thing to keep on hand. Thanks for coming by.

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