This morning, Anita Hill said “Women aren’t willy nilly making accusations against men.” And I think this is something we, as a society, often forget. These sentiments - a disbelief or a denial of women’s claims - are systemic and patriarchal, and they ultimately place a greater value on a man’s economy than a woman’s.
I’ve been wanting to write something about this for a while now, and in light of a powerful keynote from Professor Anita Hill at @canadianwomensfoundation’s #ExchangeYYZ, I am emboldened to give my two cents.
Fear of a loss of opportunity, or fear of being displaced or ostracized in spaces that operate like high school popularity contests, used to intimidate me. But there are a lot more intimidating, scary things that are happening close to home, and I certainly know that I haven’t - and won’t - be getting any opportunities by way of these spaces.
How many stories did it take for the public to see Bill Crosby as a predator? And in our own city, how many accusations must be made against certain public figures before we’re able to challenge power dynamics and protect younger generations?
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