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Failed before It Began: The Great Sexual Harassment Revolution By J.R. Dunn

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The great Sexual Harassment Panic of 2017 is at last dying down.  We can safely look at a screen without being overwhelmed by stories in which yet another loser – or more than one – has been outed for mistreating or exploiting women.  Resignations have been myriad, careers have been destroyed, and one suicide has occurred.  We’re assured that the entire episode has been a watershed, that Things Have Changed permanently.  It’s an earthquake, says Meryl Streep.  Others hail “a new socio-sexual revolution.”

But what exactly has changed?  Earthquakes are noted for massive and universal destruction, revolutions for the guillotine and the firing squad.

In fact, a cursory examination of the scene reveals…absolutely nothing.  We stand at the same point we were at before it all happened.

A large number of creeps have been outed and ejected, and that’s generally a good thing.  These were all trash – Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Garrison Keillor, John Conyers.  They will not be missed.  They should have been nailed a long time ago, and they would have been nailed for something eventually.

But apart from that, nothing.  A new day?  Where?  A new system?  In what sense?

By system, I’m not talking about a reporting system, an intervention system, a surveillance system, or any other bureaucratic or ideological structure designed to exert social control.  No, I’m speaking here about the kind of social system that, though largely invisible and widely unacknowledged (and nonexistent to feminist scholarship), does in fact exert sanctions and set limits on behavior.  This kind of systems, a shadow function of communities and societies, is the only effective method of controlling antisocial activity.  They are also the first to be eliminated by ideological liberalism.

The system controlling sexual abuses was clear and well understood.  Women had a certain status that was acknowledged and respected by everyone.  Their safety was secured by a vast distributed network of males who looked out for the interests of females they did not know personally, in the secure knowledge that other men unknown to them were looking out for the interests of their own sisters, daughters, and wives.  If a Weinstein or a Conyers bothered a woman, she could appeal for protection to her brothers, her male friends or coworkers, or even a man walking down the street – and she would get it.  The interloper would be sent on his way, the coworker or boss warned.  If it didn’t end, then sanctions up to and including physical violence would occur.  In more atrocious situations, such as rape or molestation, the solution might even be more drastic.  Everyone in my generation heard the story in which the detective took aside a male relative of an assaulted woman and said, “We know who did this, but we can’t prove it.  We’ll give you his name, and you take it from there.”

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