What’s Current: Emma Thompson says ‘Harvey Weinstein’s no sex addict. He is a predator’

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  •  Emma Thompson speaks out against Harvey Weinstein:

“I don’t think you can describe him as a sex addict, he’s a predator. That’s different. He’s at the top of, as it were the ladder of, a system of harassment and belittlement and bullying and interference. This has been part of our world, women’s world, since time immemorial.

So what we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity which is this sort of behaviour.”

  • Indian Supreme Court to decide whether the ban on Hindu women entering certain temples during menstruation is against constitutional rights.
  • Justin Trudeau suggests adding a “gender” chapter to NAFTA.
  • UK feminists fight against bid to remove sex from the census.
  • Guards at Edmonton women’s prison describe lack of resources for inmates with mental illness.
  • Police detectives to probe into the Weinstein case as number of allegations exceeds 30.
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  • DeColonise

    “And anyway, addiction to sex =/= you’ll assault people to get it.” exactly.

    Even if addiction can be a thing when it comes to sex one still has a personal responsibility for ones actions.
    Goes with all addictions.
    It might explain certain behaviors but sure as hell don’t excuse them.

  • Heidi Hall

    I was married to a man who would probably be diagnosed as a sex addict but I agree with Emma that he was really doing no more than seeing how far he could push the limits of what he believed to be his entitlement as a male of the species. I have a very close plutonic male friend whom I only recently told of the sex habits of the ex husband. I liked my friend’s response, “that is not an addiction, that is depraved”.

  • shy virago

    Men protect so many woman – hating rapists and predators, makes me wonder why they decided to go after him. It reiterates what Andrea Dworkin wrote 30 years ago – if a man rapes you, you had better hope that he raped other women that you can find. Otherwise no one will believe you.

    But what if a man only rapes you, and no one else. Does that mean that he isn’t guilty?

  • Americus91

    Yes predator – that’s exactly what he is. People just don’t get it. Will they ever?

    Powerful male, has helped MANY famous actresses get that golden statue. Young females having the same dream, socialized in the way many girls are – to be pleasing, compliant, respecting of authority – he gets one alone – and it’s “Game on” – He doesn’t have to physically force it – so it can’t be “rape” at least not in the technical sense – they could have said “No to the request” – this is what I read – but clearly not by anyone who is female or cares about females. Because they would understand when you’re 18, 19, hell even 30 – and your likely a nervous wreck meeting such a man, hoping he’ll like you, hoping you will get his approval for a part – he’s also physically bigger, he locks the door, he smiles like a snake – he tells you what you are to do – you are in such shock you can’t even think straight – you hear “This is how it works.” “It will be okay.” “Trust me.” – you hear whatever the f-ing reptile says to you – and in that situation you enter into “flight or fight” mode. You could be thinking “He will force it anyway.” “He might hit me.” “I don’t know what’s happening right now!” “I don’t understand.” – you disassociate – the next thing you know you’re pulling yourself together and quietly leaving the room forever changed.

    But not – let’s not call it rape by a predator. It’s just the Hollywood casting couch – and your run of the mill sex addict.