That completely fails to understand the situation. As you’ll have picked up in the article and any of my other stories about these issues, I am more than willing to tackle the issue of over-reaction and positive discrimination (which is a misnomer — it’s never positive!)

But blaming the victim is never the answer. Wherever these young girls and sometimes young men looked, there was abuse.

Power and specifically the unchecked power that these directors had corrupts those who hold it.

It was near impossible for them to further their careers without experiencing things like this.

Moreover, people like Weinstein were not only psychologically manipulative, but also physically aggressive, and often assaulted the women who they preyed upon in order to force them into sexual acts.

It doesn’t just happen in the film industry — almost everywhere where one finds unchecked power one finds abuse. And it is the coordination of such abuse which makes it more potent: when the majority or a large amount are perpetrators, it can feel like a brick wall for career aspirations, particularly for young women.

What you have done, whether intentionally or unintentionally, is apologise for rapists, sexual abusers, and those who should be condemned the most. If we are going to have a good faith discussion on how to move forward, we’ve got to get these things right first.

Politics nerd, policy wonk | Founder, medium.com/politics-fast-and-slow | Editor, politika.org.uk | twitter.com/dave_olsen16 | Policy Paper: https://rb.gy/7coyj

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