Weinstein, Philosophy and Structures of Abuse

Should philosophy address the #MeToo moment?

The recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s serial predatory sexual harassment – and worse – over a period of more than 30 years have caused some serious debate and reflection. Crucial to this reflection is the realisation that Weinstein is not a monster – if by dubbing him a ‘monster’ the implication is that he is a freak, a one-off, someone whose behaviour can simply be shrugged off as an aberration so that we can (most of us) happily carry on as though none of this has anything to do with us. There is a spectrum here, from sexist comments and an unwelcome but (in the circumstances) non-threatening hand on your knee at one end to rape and serious sexual assault at the other. What puts all of these behaviours on the same spectrum is that typically they are done by men who – whether by virtue of their position of power or authority, or simply because they are men and they are used to getting away with it – are doing it (again, typically) to women.

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Daniel Meyers 13 November 2022

I have been following this case closely and I think it is fair that on March 11, a U.S. court sentenced Weinstein to 23 years in prison on sexual assault charges.

Jhon Enderson 29 August 2019

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