It seems like something might actually be shifting in the relationship between men and women.
In a world where the moral compass has felt like it was spinning out of control, the hashtag #metoo has become a vehicle of protest that seems actually to be heard…
It is almost like each story of men using women as objects to gratify themselves hit a little bit harder and Harvey Weinstein was the tipping point where women around the world began to speak up.
I was fascinated to see CNN host Jake Tapper blurt out his shock at what he saw on social media. With a stunned tone, he told the latest victim of abuse he was interviewing that it felt like every woman he knew was sharing a #MeToo story.
Initially, commentators were saying it couldn’t last and nothing would change. Too often we have seen public outrage dissipate within a week no matter how outrageous the story seemed to be.This time, however, it seems that just as one story began to fade, another took its place. A single wave has seemingly turned into a tide… at least I hope it has.
I have two beautiful daughters who are getting ready to make their way in the world. I hope and pray for their sakes that things actually are changing.
There is one major concern for me as I watch these stories unfold. It seems that we are rewarding those who cover up and deny their historic actions and punish those who come clean.
Senator Al Franken and Louis CK both declared their own guilt and remorse in response to allegations. Both have been hammered by commentators and CK has already paid a stiff penalty in lost career opportunities.
An Alabama Senate Candidate and the current President responded quite differently. When presented with charges that seem significantly more serious than Franken and CK, both Roy Moore and Donald Trump have issued denials in the face of overwhelming evidence.
Louis C.K. had a movie cancelled. Donald Trump became President.
There is a real danger that men all around the world will be learning the wrong lesson. Rather than facing their own tendency to objectify women, men will be seeing that they can get away with horrible abuse as long as they are not honest. …