Last week I saw a movie from the 80s called Workplace. It showed the poor representation of the office situation in the 1980s. Certainly time brought me back. I also wondered why women can take this shit for so long.
After graduating from an all-women school without understanding how political and corporate America is, I awoke rude pretty quickly. Male-dominated jobs where too many women surrendered. It really just pissed me off. I always asked for a seat at the table even when I knew I wasn’t ready to get one.
Things have certainly changed, but not in all sectors. We have to do better. A friend of mine is looking for camps for her children. One of the websites actually calls the consultants “camp mothers”. This applies to campers for boys and girls. Obviously they did not receive the memo “Woke”. But seriously?
Maybe it’s time for a new sex education curriculum. Just build on what is being taught now. Discuss how relationships work and how to have a baby. Discuss no means no. Discuss appropriate behavior in an office. Discuss how to exclaim bad behavior. More importantly, understand the world around you and how inconsiderate some behaviors are.
The brutal murder of young woman Sarah Everard in London has brought women to the streets to protest that enough is enough. In Australia women have taken to the streets to protest the sexual assault and mistreatment of top politicians. Andrew Cuomo has also been called to his office for abuse. I believe all of these people should have their day in court, but that anger started with the “MeToo” movement.
Enough is enough for misogynist behavior and sexual abuse, but women are portrayed in certain gender roles or disregard people’s religions or the color of their skin. The abuse of Asians on our streets is annoying right now and makes me think about the abuse of Jews during WWII and beyond. The white male supremacy of unjust behavior must go away. Everyone should be held accountable to the police. Essentially, let’s all “wake up” and move into a society where each and every one of these people will be held accountable in a court of law for the whole world to see.
We will see more of that anger in a post-Covid world. Women have made it, and this next generation knows full well that they deserve an equal place in society at every table, in every job, in every vote and in every way. Enough is enough.