Eight: Business as Usual or Everyday Violence?
From the NYT: The Cannes Film Festival released a statement, signed by the festival’s presidents, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, that said they were “dismayed to learn of the accusations of harassment and sexual violence recently leveled against Harvey Weinstein.”
“These actions point to a pattern of behavior that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnations,” the statement said. “Our thoughts go to the victims.”
What's changed since Polanski, that Cannes would also publicly denounce Weinstein? Whatever it is, I welcome it.
What we're seeing in the last week is a much needed and welcome shedding of light onto the violence against women framed as everyday business- in this case, in the entertainment industry. An industry with impact and clout, influence on what the general public aspires to.
Hopefully, this conversation will ignite similar conversations and encourage women who question their exposure to any kind of violence at work - whether physical, sexual, emotional/psychological. Or at least help women up to know that their gut feeling that this kind of violence against them is *not* normal- is right. God knows we need it here in Japan with words like Sekuhara, Morahara, Pawahara- short for sexual harrassment, emotional violence, abuse of power- peppering HR conversations.
We need to know and trust this is not okay. We also need to know that we will be safe- physically, emotionally, and that we will not be further disadvantaged in our work, by coming forward.
What can you do to make this kind of safety happen? As an individual? An employee? A colleague? An employer?
What can we do better as parents to teach our girls to listen and act on their instincts to fight and speak out? And to our boys in creating a culture where peers are admonished for violence- not enabling it?