One of the many things I love about Taiwan is that I do not have to walk down the street holding my purse against my genitals because some jerk might find it funny to grab my cat faced part. On the bus. On the street. Daytime. In a crowd. They do not care as society is sick and basically turns a blind eye. Though it has improved. People may complain if it is child, but if you are wearing a miniskirt, you had it coming. But complaining might get you killed, so you are on your own. That is our normal everyday life in the tropics.
And it seems for Hollywood someone thought that was normal to exchange a trist male or female, sexual favors for a part. Again, it is the powerful imposing themselves. One wonders how they make money when they use the little head instead of the big head for business. But they are powerful. And couch auditions are normal. So we have been told.
The problem when someone in a position of authority, that can fire you, comes with these so called sexual jokes or drunken advances, is that there is a real fear that they escalate. The words become yes, triggers. The victim blames him or herself for finding themselves in that position, cornered, and when out of the situation, the trauma replays with the background noise of I should have done this or that. But unless they are that person’s equal, they cannot face them. Confront them or repeal them. Or deal with that as a joke. It becomes the new normal to bottle up…until it doesn’t.
It is disappointing to find out that some of my favorite actors or directors have abused their power over those who contribute making a movie, especially in this sexual sense, because it becomes a ticking bomb. All under the sky is revealed and all that jazz. But one has to wonder if it us not more of just an expression of the overall condition of society. Same happens in corporate field, in stores, warehouses, factories. Perhaps a wider scope will reveal a larger malaise.