6 September 2019 | paul2001sw-1
Power and impunity
If you are rich and powerful, that's a sexual attractant; also, people will seek to sleep with you for personal gain; or, more worryingly, for fear of personal loss. At one extreme, life isn't fair, and we all have to play the cards we have; at the other, so much power is embedded in certain individuals they have effective carte blanche to do as they want, and the wishes of anyone else are dammed. The Harvey Weinstein story - of grotesque levels of sexual inappropriateness, including credible charges of full-on rape, continuing for years in semi-public view, is both a story of capitalism (and the concentration of wealth and power that it brings), but also, of course, of the generally lower status that women have in our society, where their subservience is normalized. Weinstein, a moral monster, may eventually face goal, but as this illuminating documentary based on the testimony of several of his many victims makes clear, the wider problem is a world where some people are effectively licensed to act with impunity; as long as this is the case, there will be more such stories.