Single Status Update
I initially wrote this out as a new post in the off-topic section, but I don't feel like babysitting a thread about it for the next few days...
One of Time Magazine's cover people on their December #MeToo Person of the Year issue accused of sexual misconduct
You know what they say about living in a glass house....Quote
A California lawmaker announced on Friday that she will place herself on unpaid leave while accusations of sexual misconduct against her are investigated.
California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a Democrat, came to national prominence as an advocate for the #MeToo movement, and appeared on Time magazine’s December cover of its Persons of the Year: the “Silence Breakers” who brought to light charges of sexual misconduct.Quote
Fierro accused her of stroking his back, grabbing his buttocks and trying to grab his crotch in the dugout after a legislative softball game. An anonymous male lobbyist told Politico on Thursday that Garcia made a crude sexual remark and tried to grab his crotch at a May 2017 fundraiser.Quote
Fierro is not the only one claiming improper advances by Garcia. A prominent Sacramento lobbyist says she also accosted him in May 2017, when she cornered him, made a graphic sexual proposal, and tried to grab his crotch at a political fundraiser. He spoke to POLITICO on the condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals.
Even though Time thought she was important enough to have on their cover, so far it's not a big media story and Rose McGowan and others aren't pitching a fit because it doesn't fit the narrative of men being the repressive ones. Even though the story unfolded yesterday, it took the few major national media outlets reporting on it nearly a full day to even write about it. It took Time over 24 hours to even post it on their website.
Give someone power over others and sooner or later odds are they'll abuse it if they think that they can get away with it. The majority of the stories are of men because it's men who hold the most power in the US.
Let's be honest about something here, actions of men have created a pressure cooker of $&!# for women to try to deal with, and now that the lid has blown off nobody knows what to do with their reactions. Everybody, men and women, need to step back and assess what's right. If the accusations are true then they're just as bad as anything a man would do in a similar position, but I'm not convinced that we'll see much change in our lifetime. We're too naive as a species to approach the subject objectively and get to the root of the problem.