The War of the Sexes: Who defines? Who controls?

first_imgWho’s in charge?The (mostly) guys who own and operate the industry. Any chance of potential abuse of the system?Gosh. We’re shocked!  Shocked.    The entertainment media, hopelessly enmeshed with the news business, politics, the banking system and corporate industry (who own most of the media) shapes how we look at the world, if we do at all, and what we think about our country.Now that’s power, and if you think you’re immune to it, look around you. This is not a new phenomenon.Begs the questionSo here’s Harvey Weinstein — not young, not fit, not attractive, very rich and powerful, accused of using his power to entice young things to be very nice to him.  Some of these young things are second and third generation Hollywood beauties, so they should have known better. This was a time of exploding technology in the entertainment biz, moving quickly from nickelodeon peep shows to projected moving pictures that enthralled and captivated Americans. Beautiful people from all over the country flocked to Hollywoodland to be in the flickers, and the (mostly) men who made the movies controlled who was in them.Hmmm. Do you see a potential problem here?No income tax, enormous profits, huge salaries for the makers and performers, and the magnet that was the movies pulled the best, the brightest and the prettiest to the West Coast. Jump ahead 100 years and look at the system.Movies and television are still one of the most gigantic industries in America. In fact, our entertainment-and-armaments export is by far our largest gross national product — emphasis on gross.Has it changed? Only the technology. The structure is basically the same. Is Harvey destined to be Hollywood’s Martha Stewart? Sent to jail for doing what everybody else does, but prosecuted because he gave money to and supported the Democrats?We’ll see. I’m not excusing Mr. Weinstein’s behavior for an instant.But to make him into an example begs the question of how women have been treated all over this planet for a very long time.They are not objects, subject to the control and whim of the less-than-half part of the species, and have been brainwashed into accepting an inferior status by force, religion, social rules, economic and political systems designed by and for the males of the species.Until women can be free from that threat of power unless they obey, this will continue.  What is an appropriate punishment? A fine, deductible as a cost of doing business, a slap on the hand, a wink and a nod, a “boys will be boys,” and on to the next case? But the hits just keep on coming.Until the punishment fits the crime, the crimes will go on. So what would be a fitting deterrent?A bumper sticker seen in Waco, Texas, read “Lorena Bobbitt for Surgeon General.”That is a permanent solution to a controllable problem, but it would serve to eliminate recidivism and discourage imitation.Surely we can come up with a solution.Karen Cookson lives in Sharon Springs and is a regular contributor to the Sunday Gazette Opinion pages.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Editorial, OpinionIf anybody thinks that Harvey Weinstein is unusual, they have been in a coma for, say, about 5,000 years. Or at least a century.  When the movie business moved in the early 1900s from New Jersey and Thomas Edison’s Black Maria stage to the year-round sunshine and freedom in the orange groves of Southern California, the first things packed were the camera and the casting couch.If you don’t know what that is, ask your mother.last_img