We all know how #MeToo started. Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by several women in a New York Times article. The Harvey Weinstein allegations have caused a domino effect, where men and women have gone public with their claims against Hollywood ‘Elites’ like Kevin Spacey, Charlie “I’m Winning” Sheen, Dustin Huffman and so many others in Hollywood and Washington DC, good bye Al Franken. I just want to be on the record, fuck Hollywood – they kill creativity using remakes and established franchises all the time. I can’t think of a new movie idea in Hollywood since the Matrix or the Riddick movies. This will be an entire chapter of the book I am creating for next year. From our TV sets, so many people have to wonder, is there a decent guy out there who doesn’t use his power and influence and ‘The Patriarchy’ to overpower every woman.
Sure, there are memes everywhere that would suggest men are only capable of one thing, and that is thinking of ‘sex, sex, sex’ every five seconds, thousands of times a day. That stereotype makes me laugh, because I know that is impossible. If thousands of engineers who sent dozens of people to the moon were only thinking of sex every five seconds, I don’t think we could have gotten people to the moon. It’s a nice and tidy feminism sexism that perpetuates everything we hear from today’s media.
While I was taking my six-week skills course, there was 11 men and three women. Listening to Anita Sarkeesian, the 11 men must have been continuously harassing those three women to no end. After all, factory work is man’s work, no women allowed, LOL. But us 11 men must have had the willpower to the level of Superman, because we didn’t offend any of the women without due cause, and it was never in a sexual way. Yes men are visual, and there were some attractive women I was in class with and in the factory, but that’s just our Hippocampus. To expect men only use that part of our brains, and not use our frontal lobes for willpower and good judgement is plain out sexism. I’m tired of this stupid stereotype I see in the media. 11 men behaved appropriately with three women in the class, and the job is around 60-40 men and women ratio, and I only heard of one moron who had stepped over the line in six weeks I took that class. The plant management issued a one-week suspension to him, and the supervisors on the shift were going to monitor him to ensure he didn’t break the rules like he was an amoeba under the microscope.
The above situation is one of the primary problems I have with the #MeToo movement, and the simmering of the Internet culture for the past year or so. Everybody is always talking about how men indiscriminately sexually harass women on a continual basis all the time, and it is #AllMen, and Sarkeesian’s necklace says never to trust men because we’re ‘predators’. In reality, in a workplace of over 200 people, there was one idiot. If a Rape culture is a culture that excuses this kind of behaviour, why is that one idiot under the microscope for going over the line and so many people are condemning what is happening in Hollywood right now.
These examples should show how much our culture has moved forward regarding women’s rights and dignity. I can’t think of one man who hasn’t condemned what is happening in Hollywood right now. You give so few people that much money and influence and expect the purest and righteous behaviour is an oxymoron. This entire narrative has both upset me, thinking about how many young men and women who were abused at the hands of people we as an entire culture has given that much power to, and at the same time, it makes me laugh.
Why laughter? The answer to that question is simple, name a person you know who doesn’t praise movies from very early ages. Our parents and family members always talk about their favourite movies, and everybody had their favourite movies when they were kids. Mine was Star Wars and Buck Rogers (I’m dating myself, yes I was born in the 70s). I wanted to be like Luke Skywalker so much as I was growing up, using the force and a light sabre to defeat all the evil in the world. Every single kid has thought about being a hero in a movie. None of us can deny we want to be rich and famous, and I agree with Chad from Nickleback, being famous is a disease. I hope I can keep my kids grounded here in reality and to entirely reject and even pity people in Hollywood as I do. They are going to see Daddy rant about Hollywood a lot during their lifetimes, and hopefully, that iron sharpens their iron. I want them to hate and want to dismantle Hollywood who is killing all creativity now. Only once and a while does it have something good. But for every Matrix and Me, Myself, and I there is 1000 shows and movies like Gifted, Captain America and the New Jumanji movie (Yes, it is a remake of a Robin Williams movie).
That lack of creativity is the huge problem. I believe in Capitalism because everybody is worth being paid for their talent, their passion, and their skill, but we have put Hollywood on a pedestal it doesn’t deserve to be on, especially now. I’m not saying people like Harvey Weinstein are not problems, but how much we idolise Hollywood makes us partially culpable for that. We push people to want to be in Hollywood, to put themselves in those situations, because we put those movies on pedestals. Fuck, even Sarkeesian, grand feminist extraordinaire, keeps Hollywood alive in her latest video. She just accepts that Hollywood is a fact of life and hasn’t realized it needs to be stomped out of existence. So many people celebrating StarWars right now, and I’m not even going to see it in theatres. I’ll watch it on NetFlix when it comes out, using that ‘good old’ Frontal Lobe to have willpower and sound judgement.
But this hasn’t stopped women from all around the world, filled with anger against the perceived treatment they have had at the hands of ‘The Patriarchy’. In fact, these #MeToo Silence breakers are being named as people of the year by Time Magazine. Good, we should have these conversations, but rationally. Anita’s tainted sexist narrative not to trust any man and to attack the idea of #Notall men shouldn’t infect this discussion. In fact, we should completely ignore her bullshit. She’s a perpetually offended individual who wouldn’t survive a six-week skill building course to help her get and maintain a real job, unlike my ten friends and myself, who graduated the course with full-time jobs starting tomorrow. If she couldn’t do that, we shouldn’t even listen to her opinion. She’s never worked a real day in her life.
I’ve often said that these social justice forces, like Anita Sarkeesian, are not interested in forgiveness or thankfulness. They will live perpetually in black holes, sucking out every shred of light and goodness out of them and the people around them. As mini-dictators who are enforcing their wills or you’re out of the club, they will never be satisfied.
If you don’t believe me, Roaming Millennial does a fantastic job of how these ferocious ideologues are, you can’t interview, show a clip or even remain silent without being condemned by them. Social Justice will never forgive or forget your sins in these matters. Sarkeesian will continue to spout her stupid shit until the end of time, and most people will continue to ignore her. She had her hay day during the beginning of #GamerGate, but it has ended. Nobody cares anymore because she has taken it too far.
I can only hope that cooler heads can prevail and that we can find some balance between human beings evolving to be partners and being in relationships and for personal independence and the ability to create a life for ourselves. Right now, feminists like Sarkeesian don’t want that at all.
What we need to talk about is learning manners and etiquette.
None of this justifies men in positions of power behaving like pigs towards people who work with them. If there is good to come from this, then it would be in such behaviour being deemed more unacceptable than it has been. But sexual etiquette is not a science. It is improvisation in a very imperfectly set-up battlefield. Only at the most end does the law have anything to say. Everywhere else we are talking about the exercise of manners. True, we may currently be rethinking those manners. But let us not do so in the midst of a moral panic, high on counter-revolutionary retribution. Or if we must, then let us still worry a little about where this stampede may yet take us.
Like the idiot who was on a one-week suspension, we can learn not to make the same stupid mistakes and avoid most of this. Sure, some people may think saying a woman looks nice is paramount to harassment, but most men and most women can pick out the morons in their midst and these things are quickly resolved in our culture now. There is no need for feminists to go around and say that men can’t be trusted because they are just as bad in creating a negative culture as the guys who go over the line.
I am glad this conversation is happening because this can be a tremendous opportunity to heal some of the stresses in gender relations in today’s culture. Furthermore, Hollywood and other highly ‘lucrative’ industries need to be knocked off their pedestals, because they create the environment where people will want to go through that just to ‘make it big’, while giving predators something to leverage over people’s heads. We helped create the monster that is Hollywood with the billions we spend on Movies, Blu-Rays, DVDs and the television we watch, which is why I will not go to the movies or buy BluRays or DVDs from the box stores like Walmart anymore. We enabled Harvey Weinstein to do this and to suck the money out of alternative platforms to prevent independents from doing what they love for a living.
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