Trump’s Chief of Staff, retired general John Kelly, recently lamented: “You know when I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore…”
Sacrosanct? Women? Really? Was I sleeping through that chapter of our history? I guess my 5th grade teacher who kept touching me during class, or the college football players who threatened to forcibly take me to a “party,” or the guy who didn’t want to let me leave his apartment… all simply viewed me as a sacred chalice from which they wished to partake.
The sad truth is that Kelly’s comment was more a revelation to men than to women. We know the deal. And while few of us have the platform those so-called powerful women at the upper echelons of corporate America, politics or Hollywood have, all of us know (literally) the score. In the end, as that tired adage goes: “it’s a man’s world.” While so much has changed for the better since the days so missed by the John Kellys, the all boys club known as the “GOP” and, of course, our Abuser-in –Chief, Donald Trump, too much remains status quo as seen by the tweet hashtag #MeToo.
The irony behind the tens of thousands tweeting #MeToo is that I have never met a woman who was not, at some point in her life, sexually abused and/or harassed. The surprise would we to find that woman who could say #NotMe. It’s time to end this cruel and unspoken female “initiation” rite. It’s time for all of us, women and men, to say #NoMore