You’ve Come a Long Way Baby…Or Have You?

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By Dante Vitoria October 17, 2017

If you are anything like me, I’m guessing that you’re sick of hearing about Harvey Weinstein and his abuse of women. You’re probably sick over the whole damned thing. As a human being, you should be. I warn you not to file it away in the darkest place of your memory (until it gets resurrected when the next creep does something creepier, if that’s possible). Instead, keep it close in your mind, and even closer in your conscience. Please.

“Why?” You ask. “I didn’t do anything wrong, Weinstein did!” That was my initial reaction too, but I realized I had to rethink it. Hopefully you will too. We are supposed to be living in a progressive society – a society where everyone not only has equal opportunities, but an equal voice. If that’s the case, then why are women who are harassed, threatened, abused, and even assaulted by a predator still hesitant to speak out, or more importantly, speak up? Is it because of fear that our society will brand them as ‘gold diggers’ looking for a quick payday? Or is it far more reaching than that?

Did you hear what Geraldo Rivera had to say on the Weinstein mess? Speaking with Sean Hannity on “Hannity”, Rivera shared this opinion: “There are a few industries were the imbalance is so profound. Where you have an 18, 20, 22 year old girl, she’s coming to one of these powerful Harvey Weinstein type mogul, you know, with the big belly and the hairy chest and the gold and all the rest of it. She knows that she’s got a very limited time. It’s a very fragile window that she has to make it big in a highly competitive industry where if she doesn’t make it by 23, 25, in the modeling industry it’s 23 skidoo. There is great incentive on both parts.” 

Did you catch that grand finale? There is great incentive on both parts. WOW. Let me see if I understand. Because a “girl” (silly me, I thought the correct term was young woman) wants to model or act, she has to acquiesce to a big bellied, hairy chested, gold wearing CREEP to make her dream come to fruition? Thank you, Geraldo, for such a clear explanation. What happened to him anyway? Remember his expose on Willowbrook? He defended and protected those who were facing horrific injustices. That’s the same reason Rivera became an attorney in the first place. He wanted to help the Latino community attain equal treatment under the law. Did you forget that, Geraldo, or is it just the sign of the times? Is Weinstein your friend? Do you condone this type of behavior. Perhaps Geraldo should reenter Al Capone’s vault and lock himself inside.

But this is not about Rivera, or his unacceptable comments and thought process. There are many more equally insane remarks and viewpoints ahead. Alec Baldwin, one of my favorite MORONS, criticized Fox News for reporting on the Weinstein scandal when they covered up Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly’s wrongdoings. Apparently, Baldwin didn’t like FOX analyst, Greg Jarett, suggesting that the Weinstein Company shut its doors. This is coming from the same moron who left a voicemail to his then 11-year-old daughter calling her a “rude little pig.” It gets better, as it always does in The Inferno. Baldwin is also the same man who called Weinstein a “douchebag” in 2012 after Weinstein refused to fund a project Baldwin wanted to do. Well, at least Alec got one thing right about Weinstein.

Let’s keep our eye on the ball here. It is 2017, folks. We should be WAY MORE EVOLVED in our attitudes on gender equality. Apparently, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) just opened their calendar and realized what year it is. Last week, the organization announced they would start incorporating boys and girls. The Girl Scouts of America, on the other hand, are making it clear via Twitter (a great place to wage war) that they aren’t too keen on the idea. My take on the whole MESS? Simple. Ready? Combine the BSA and GSA. Rename it the SA – The Scouts of America. How hard was that?

Remind me, do women serve in the military?  Do we separate the Marines as The United States Boys Marine Corps or The United States Girls Marine Corps? NOPE! I have a niece who is a highly decorated member of the Marine Corps. She served ten years in the military and the only flaw I’ve ever seen in her is that she takes after her uncle as a diehard Mets fan. Go tell her she can’t do what boys do. But, do it over the phone. It’s safer (for you) that way.

Here’s another idea. Go watch the Brady Bunch episode that aired in 1971. It’s called The Liberation of Marcia Brady. Marcia felt that young women had the same skills that young men have and should be afforded the same opportunities. She was challenged by her brother, Greg, to prove it by passing the Frontier Scouts initiation test. I’ll stop before I give away any spoilers. But do you get the point yet?

I am as conservative as they get and I’m chock-full of testosterone. But really? Is it okay for the Harvey Weinsteins of the world to be CREEPS? NO, IT IS NOT. Think of the enormous amount of contributions women make to society on a daily basis. Think about where we would be without them.

And maybe Geraldo should think about the Capone vault being an actual viable option. Just saying.

Dante Vitoria is the Founder and CEO of The Vitoria Group in New York City.

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