The NY Times continues to push their Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment story. Anyone worried that their blood pressure is dangerously low and their IQ dangerously high should read Lena Dunham's whinging about how Hollywood men need to take the lead on denouncing this because... well not Girl Power.
The only good thing I can say about the Dunham piece is that she wasn't so stupid she thought the critics wouldn't mock her for her own Weinstein issues:
In the fall of 2016, I performed at a benefit for Hillary Clinton organized by the Weinstein Company. I had heard the rumors. I felt that going onstage under his aegis was a betrayal of my own values. But I wanted so desperately to support my candidate that I made a calculation. We’ve all made calculations, and saying we’re sorry about those calculations is not an act of cowardice. It’s an essential change of position that could shift the way we do business and the way women regard their own position in the workplace. I’m sorry I shook the hand of someone I knew was not a friend to women in my industry.
She made a calculation. Like Hillary has done with Bill for all these years. On the other hand George Clooney, Man of Hollywood and collaborator with Weinstein, knew he hit on young ladies but had never heard the truly outrageous stuff. What exactly should he have said?
Finally, Gretchen Carlson actually makes sense and raises some interesting legal questions. Apparently, under relatively standard employment contracts, many sexual harassment claims are settled under arbitration with details held in confidence. Also, the women end up effectively blacklisted.
My guess is that those two factoids are not coincidental - if all a prospective employer can glean is rumor and innuendo about a sexual harassment claim there is no way to judge just where on the "He said/she said" spectrum the case actually fell. Not hiring a woman who had the bad luck to work for well, a Bill Clinton type predator, seems unfair to the woman. OTOH, frivolous sexual harassment claims are a 'thing'. I can imagine prospective employers taking the "ounce of prevention" path. More transparency on harassment claims could lead to other problems but prevent an ongoing cover-up such as the Weinstein debacle.