Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly… just a few of the high profile sexual predators who were finally exposed.
Not one of them has really, truly apologized for their horrible behavior and the pain and suffering they have caused.
Weinstein blamed it on the “culture of his time.” As someone who came of age in this culture, there were many times when my “bosses” came on to me sexually in the workplace.
The first time it happened, I was just out of college, working as a photojournalist for a weekly entertainment paper in Fort Lauderdale. One day, the boss (whose name I have now forgotten, but I do recall he had a huge beer belly and wore white patent leather shoes) walked into my darkroom which was dimly illuminated by a red safelight. With a sickening sneer on his face, and while grabbing himself, he asked: “Would you like some of this?” I put my hands in the developer pan and told him he if he took one more step I would throw the acid-based chemicals in his face, which sent him running. (I have no idea if this would have done any damage to him or not). It never occurred to me to quit this job that I loved and there was no one to tell. It was a small staff, run by his much younger wife.
I thought I handled it pretty well considering….