Saturday 18 November 2017

Power and harassment can be traced right back to behaviour in childhood

The current wave of sex scandals has its roots in the way men and women see each other, writes Donal Lynch

Spidey sense: Actress Lea Seydoux wrote about sexual harassment and abusive comments from Harvey Weinstein. She agreed to meet him, even though she’d worked out what he was like
Spidey sense: Actress Lea Seydoux wrote about sexual harassment and abusive comments from Harvey Weinstein. She agreed to meet him, even though she’d worked out what he was like
Harvey Weinstien
Jessie Jackson
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

It was late Thursday night when a friend texted to say that Louis CK was the latest man caught in a sex scandal. "He was genuinely funny. Soon there won't be anything left on Netflix," she grumbled, and it was hard to disagree, but, to be fair, the scandals have been at least as riveting as anything in the cinema at the moment. Anyway who needs Hollywood when we've had our homegrown orgies of outrage to keep us going during any lull in international proceedings.

There is an exhilarating feeling of catharsis about it all; that this was coming for a while, that many of the figures involved had their comeuppance long overdue.

Each new story seemed to represent a toady class of windbag brought low by social media renegades. It was hard not to be squeamish about some of it - on Twitter the debate is shaped with all the calm respect of a public stoning - but it's been described as a revolution and all revolutions begin in exaggeration.

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