German feminist activists have called for a law reform for some time. The debate was picked up again after the events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve and other cities. Groups of men were apparently pick-pocketing and assaulting women. Since then, the country has discovered that only one of these accusations is actually a crime. And because many attackers were described as non-white the law on asylum seeking has been tightened while groping is still legal and wasn’t even included in the latest reform draft.
The White House released a pretty good PSA against sexual assault featuring some preyy big names besides the two top men at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.: Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers, and Steve Carell.
I like it when famous men, especially men famous for being “macho,” speak out in this way. We men need to teach other men not to rape. Statistically, we all know and maybe value someone who has committed some form of sexual abuse.
I want to note, however, that the video uses the common but problematic rhetorical device of framing the terribleness of abuse by stressing that the affected are “our” mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc. Which is sadly accurate; statistically we all know and probably love someone who has experienced sexual abuse. I know why they use it, but still – women* deserve to be free from abuse regardless of their relationship to men, they deserve it as people. This (culture of) abuse needs to be fought regardless of who is hurt.
In the great write-up linked above Lili Loofbourow makes a concise, convincing argument: Woody Allen’s own defense narrative is not only inconsistent but shows predatory behavior and the type of manipulation he accuses Mia Farrow of. As a commenter points out, Allen’s actions against Farrow and kids could be called gaslighting.