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Re: #MeToo and The Morality of Forgiveness
« on: September 19, 2018, 11:50:38 am »
The title says "One strike and you're out".

In large measure that's not the case.  For the most part the targets of #MeToo have not been guys who made one simple mistake. They have been predators who've knowingly exploited a position of power. The most odious examples, like Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby, have patterns of behavior that span many years and dozens of victims. These aren't good people who made a mistake, they're terrible people who carried on their behavior without a hint of remorse because they knew they had the power to do so.

Jian Ghomeshi may have been acquitted of the sexual assault related charges against him, but he has never been exonerated for treating his female underlings at CBC like garbage. Reminder that disregarding the charges he was acquitted of, he was also accused of repeated inappropriate touching and inappropriate talk to his female subordinates. After the CBC's internal investigation, two of the managers at CBC were fired for enabling Ghomeshi and silencing the women who complained about his behavior. They protected Ghomeshi because he was "the talent".   Like Weinstein and Cosby, Ghomeshi strikes me as a guy who felt that he could get away with it.  He's not a good guy who made a mistake, he's a bad guy who got caught.

So I don't share Mrs Blatchford's sympathy for him.

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