What’s Current: Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual harassment on set

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Dustin Hoffman is the latest man in Hollywood to be accused of sexual harassment. The alleged victim was 17 at the time of the incident.
  • Six women have accused filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual assault.
  • Canadian Senate insists on a regressive amendment to S-3 — a bill that would remove or reduce sex discrimination from the Indian Act.
  • Seven Edmonton prison guards have been suspended without pay as investigations into sexual harassment are under way.
  • Hamilton Fish, President and Publisher of magazine The New Republic, is now on leave after multiple complaints from female staff.
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  • Scifimaster92

    Is there any major male media figure who isn’t a loathsome cad? I mean, even Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a rapist, for crying out loud!

  • Alienigena

    Unfortunately I think there are a lot of less well known male directors who will be called upon to take the places of the directors who have been found out. It remains to be seen if they will actually be purged given that they could just hide within a corporate framework and still produce or be involved in film production in some way. I was involved in film animation from the indie side and I think there are as many misogynists and jerks in indie film (who graduate to become Hollywood jerks or Hollywood North jerks in case of Canada).

    • But wouldn’t it just make good business sense for a top studio to shy away from men for awhile and fund mostly women’s work? They can’t afford to sink $40+ million into a picture that’s going to suffer at the box office because sexual abuse allegations come to light. Women producers and directors, and starring roles for women, are their best insurance until the culture in Hollywood changes and the predators are rooted out.

  • shy virago

    I think the question should be ‘How many men are not guilty’. It’s hardly just media celebrities. It may be most men, across the board.

  • Womble Bananaroom

    the Guardian article on Dustin shows such a pathetic creep who is now offering some weak as fuck excuses as apologies. i was on drugs, i was getting divorced, wah wah wah. the evil lady with her bottom made me do it. toddler brain in adult body.

  • fragglerock

    #YESALLMEN!
    ALL MEN need not be trusted. It is safe to assume ANY AND ALL MEN will degrade, exploit, and abuse women. There is no harm in being suspicious of ALL MEN.

  • shy virago

    What about women of color? They may have a much greater risk, to their careers as well as their lives, in speaking out. I’m white, and I have to remember the many accounts we won’t hear.

  • fragglerock

    I hear you. I also think it’s important for myself and all women to make strong, unpopular statements about men as a group if we are to affect change. Women have been protecting men in order to protect themselves for far too long. Whether we acknowledge it or not, many of us beat the drum of “not all men” for fear of losing our lives and our livelihoods. Just as abused people often do, we protect our abusers to ensure our own survival. My point is that they DO NOT NEED OUR PROTECTION. It is women who need to protect ourselves and each other.

  • Wren

    They are NOT trustworthy until they PROVE they’re trustworthy. I will let an individual man prove himself, but the minute he sends a misogynist signal, he’s done.

    And what does this have to do with men’s perception of women??? We are not the ones raping and killing.

  • rosearan

    canadianmom

    This is a perplexing problem for all women. No other social justice movement entangles the oppressed and oppressor within such intimate bonds of sexual, emotional and physical affection. It’s important, however, to distinguish the personality traits of individual men from the patriarchal conditioning of ALL men. No matter how much they value and love the women in their lives, very few men escape the conditioning that women are their inferiors and exist to support their every need.

  • canadianmom5

    I agree. People who have that ego and arrogance think they are powerful and are above the rules and laws the rest of society have to follow.

  • Morag999

    Great comment. Agree 100%.