Have we reached the tipping point? Predictable backlash moment. Vester v. Brokaw. Even if all of what the former anchor alleges against veteran journalist Tom Brokaw were true a couple of decades ago. What justice does her so-called accusation achieve today? He is not Cosby nor Weinstein. Nor even Lauer. Every unwanted advance that could have been tactfully dealt with at the time is not a crime worthy of the death penalty. To career. Reputation. Family.
Hillary says women who voted for Trump were under their husband’s or male partner’s thumb. Value all women! Nope. Feminism for some. Sandra Bernhard agrees. Republican or even Independent women don’t have minds of their own. So woke. On the flip side, Pulse night club shooter’s wife was acquitted because she was seen to be cluelessly under her husband’s influence. Geraldo Rivera says he didn’t vote for his Celebrity Apprentice friend The Donald because his wife swayed him. But. Hey. Not everyone caves.
Never apologies to the Stones.
Our divided country’s fissures don’t seem to be narrowing. A staged CNN anti-gun town hall exploited grieving kids and relatives of murdered students. The White House held its own listening meeting as the President pushed arming military-trained teachers. Today NRA Chair Wayne LaPierre used his insane rant at CPAC as a call to war against rising socialism.
Then there’s the never-ending gender divide. New York Times opinion column The Boys Are Not All Right by Michael Ian Black discusses guns and boys. It so resonated with my sentiments on the subject, I commented and it was a NYTimes Pick. Making young men feel that they are toxic surely will not provide a healthier outlook. Broken record alert.
Even the poor Central Park forsythia is conflicted. Is it February? Hope springs…
If I read another article that blames school shootings on “toxic masculinity”… scream. Yes. Young men are usually the shooters or bombers or vehicle drivers who kill lots of people. Maybe we should wonder why besides blaming it on a whole gender. Current societal and cultural energy is focused on empowering women. That’s fine. Let both women and men feel valued. Why is it a zero sum game? If fathers are nurturing and loving, isn’t that great? I saw moms at the Women’s March make their sons wear t-shirts that said “female is the future”. Hmmm. Wonder how it made those boys feel not to be female.
What’s the answer? Value all people. Let the students of Florida lead the way. Yay.
Stick a fork in it. Valentine’s Day. Cancel the chocolates and roses. Creepy onesies and life-sized teddy bears. No cuddling allowed. Without a lawsuit. #MeToo = #KillCupid? Well. Maybe not totally. But if you want to be safe. Instead of steak and champagne at overcrowded overpriced bad prix-fixe dinners. Go get ashes. Wear a hairshirt. Give up co-ed lunches for Lent. And. Hey. Laissez les bontemps roulez!
9 hours of Stranger Things. An allegorical sci-fi thriller with an exorcism thrown in. Kids are good actors. Weekend diversion. Another season assured. Follow the Three Musketeers wrapper to Dustin’s buddy d’Artagnan crashing an upside down Snow Ball dance. Now-memories.
Downside up. As discussed, the #MeToo movement may have unintended consequences. Sheryl Sandberg agrees. Men may eschew women in the workplace. Dating done?
Upside. Claire Underwood lives! House of Cards continues. Frank killed off?!
And. Christiane Amanpour. Replacing Charlie Rose on PBS.
Holiday photo by G. Levine: Shelburne Centre, Western Massachusetts.
Seems there are highways full of careening sexually deviant drivers. Power-mad under-clad predators racing toward self-destruction. Leaving innocent hit-and-runs on the roadsides. Time to put on the brakes. A ‘wreckoning’ is long overdue. But stay alert. There is danger around the bend which could spin out of control. Backfiring. Masculinity is not toxic. Nor is femininity. Individuals should be pulled over and stopped. Traffic laws need to be enforced. Everywhere. As long as we keep looking into the side-view mirrors.