Hi Mufasa. Thanks.
I don’t know if I have any special insight on this. I was reading the Vanity Fair piece, about Lauer. Again, it looks like fairly brazen, extreme, right?
I’d imagine this is like a lot of things. It starts small, and people get emboldened over time when they get away with it. A friend of mine has a forensic accounting firm. She says that the person embezzling money always starts with some small thing, maybe even intends to put it back. Then when they don’t get caught, they tend to get more bold. They begin to take more, and more, and probably justify their behavior. They are underpaid, etc…
I’d imagine that’s what happens with this. Like all addictions, and probably with any bad behavior.
Pardon the religious analogy, but the devil first gets us with just a linen thread, just a little thing. But over time if we continue down that path, the thread becomes a strong cord. Then Lauer wakes up one day and he’s dropping his pants at work, and wondering how the he got there. I’m sure Weinstein didn’t start with abusing the office plants, he probably just gradually got weirder, and weirder. Ha!
Just another thought, not related exactly. We’ve long known that female images are used to sell everything. You see ads with just female legs, or lips and the whiskey, or car or whatever. A friend of mine was a pharmaceutical rep when he was young. He was telling me that those sales jobs are now more likely to be held by young, attractive women. I don’t know how accurate that is, but it makes sense, right? Mostly male physicians and administrators. The young attractive woman can get in the door. There’s some biology there, of course. There was a similar article by a woman who was raising money for tech startups in Silicon Valley. She knew that her attractiveness could be an asset in getting these investment bankers to meet with her. And she talked about how she had moved to dating one or two of them. That makes it even more complicated. Not saying that women abused by any of these powerful men were intentionally blurring any lines. I have no idea. Some of these powerful men seem to have become really aggressive/ brazen, particularly with young women who held no power. Ugh.
Anyway, I suppose we’re looking at some men who felt that they were above the rules. Likely because they’ve been getting away with this kind of bad behavior for a long time. It’s been more brazen, weird than I expected. Yeah, it’s not over. I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more political figures and famous names.