Allegations slippery slope
Predation of women is abhorrent, unconscionable. Anybody charged and found guilty should be strung up by the goolies then biffed into prison and the key thrown away.
However, with the recent allegations of inappropriate sexual advances to women by the likes of Harvey Weinstein et al, I really wonder why we need the law when the court of public opinion seems to have taken over.
It seems that being found legally culpable is no longer a requirement and all one has to do to bring somebody down is to make an allegation and the masses will back you up through social media. It appears that every potentially vindictive, washed up actor/actress will have a say by blindly supporting spurious claims through social media just because they can tap a button on their smart phone.
The film industry was, I thought, in past decades reliant on sex one way or the other. It was the currency of the time according to Sir Ian McKellen talking recently at the Oxford Student Union. His recollection is that a lot of women would willingly offer sex to progress their career. Sex as a currency was normalised by both genders. An imbroglio of Roman proportions it seems. To be fair, I’m sure there were women who stuck to other principles and walked away from the salacious side of the industry too.
It makes me wonder how long it will be before we see claims from some aging hippie about unwanted attention at Sweetwaters or the Big Day Out maybe. Not dissimilar to the barebreasted woman at Rhythm and Vines where surely the lesson is if you’re not having those kind of parties, don’t send out those kind of invites.
Now the Green’s Women’s Minister, Julie Anne Genter has announced a national register of workplace sexual misconduct to be managed by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Now that’s all our small businesses need, more compliance.
SWAG (Screen Women’s Action Group) is a New Zealand group dedicated to stopping unwanted sexual advances in our film industry. Excellent, because there really is no place for any gender bias in any relationship whether in the casting room or the pay packet but to go back over decades where improbity, sex and by inference drugs and alcohol were rampant, would be a mistake.