In the wake of all the sexual harassment and assault allegations that against Harvey Weinstein that have finally been brought to light, Jamie Lee Curtis has penned an op-ed for The Huffington Post about the rape culture that not only enabled the disgraced movie mogul, but also places the blame on victims when it’s not silencing them. Although she stops to call Weinstein a “brutish thug” for using his influence to manipulate employees, actresses, and interns when he wasn’t outright harassing or assaulting them, Curtis also directs her ire at the people, including Donna Karan, who say the victims are “asking for it.”
Is this how we have evolved? Is this what the women’s movement, feminism and, more recently, the women’s march has yielded? A fellow woman, one who makes her living dressing famous women in tight, sexy dresses and one who built her empire to do her good works all over the world, would throw these brave women under the bus in a weird, mean girl version of slut shaming?
Curtis then shares her own tale of sexual harassment, making it clear that she in no way provoked such a thing: “What I simply asked for was a job, and what came with it was sexual harassment.” And now that Weinstein’s appalling history has been exposed “perhaps the truth will out other sexual harassment,” whether it’s a presidential candidate, movie exec, movie star, or “anyone else complicit in this billionaire boys club bullshit that will come to an inglorious end.”