What’s Current: CBS CEO Leslie Moonves accused of sexual harassment by six former colleagues

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  • Six women have come forward to accuse CBS CEO, Leslie Moonves, of forcibly kissing and touching them during business meetings, and another thirty current and former employees have described his participation in a company-wide culture of covering up sexual harassment and intimidation.
  • An 18-year-old British woman working in Naples was allegedly raped by two men who offered to drive her home from a party, and then again by a third man who offered to help her, but drove her to a parking lot, raped her again, then made a recording on his phone bragging about the assault.
  • An Alberta man says he saved almost $1,100 on his car insurance by changing his legal sex markers from male to female.
  • Argentine women protested for greater abortion access in a silent, Handmaid’s Tale protest. Complications from botched, illegal abortions is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the country.
  • A workplace harassment allegation has led to the suspension of the managing director of the charity, JustGiving, Neil Bannister.
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  • “I didn’t do it to point out how easy it is to change genders,” he said. “I didn’t do it to criticize or ridicule transgender or LGBT rights.”

    That’s too bad.

    In any case, this is one more in a thousand ways that MtF is oppressive to women, whose car insurance rates will now rise (as in violence rate) because men are now counted as women. I guess the idea is to “progress” to a single standard so that women will be subsidizing male drivers.

  • marv

    The bulk of them aren’t reported. You don’t believe that most are valid anyway which makes me wonder if you are trying to hide from examining your own life.

  • Robert Lindsay

    If you go back 30 years to 1988, there’s a 50% drop in rapes and child molestations in the US.

  • Tobysgirl

    1) Should we all stop replying to Robert Lindsay? He’s obviously hanging around here because we are such nice people and reply to his garbage instead of asking him to drop dead.
    2) Have other commenters heard that CBS is trying to blame their legal issues with Viacom for women coming forward to talk about Moonves’s behavior and the culture he fostered? This morning I heard something about him getting a big payoff and the woman appearing on ABC asked why he gets a bag of money while the women whose careers he ruined get nothing.

    • Liz

      Yes I think we need to stop replying to this dimwitted gaslighting fool. Males think gaining weight and having an opinion is an act of misandry. Nothing they say should be taken seriously.

  • Meghan Murphy

    “If mastrubation could prevent sexual violence there would be no rape.”

    This is a brilliant point.

  • Tobysgirl

    Here’s a quote from the New Yorker article about Moonves:

    “In recent months, Moonves has become a prominent voice in Hollywood’s #MeToo movement. In December, he helped found the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which is chaired by Anita Hill. “It’s a watershed moment,” Moonves said at a conference in November. “I think it’s important that a company’s culture will not allow for this. And that’s the thing that’s far-reaching. There’s a lot we’re learning. There’s a lot we didn’t know.” ”
    Watch out for those MeToo dudes!

  • Meghan Murphy

    There’s enough rape in this world to convince me that porn and/or masturbation isn’t preventing it… I don’t think men rape because they’re horny (I hate that word tbh), I think men rape for a few different reasons. Either they are, 1) sadistic, 2) pushy/entitled and don’t realize they are raping because they have been raised to believe they can and should pressure women into sex, 3) see sex as a conquest (similar to #2, because they think sex is something you ‘get’ from women, so don’t think about or care about women’s feelings about said sex, 4) enjoy dominating/are turned on by over powering someone/something more vulnerable.

    There are probably other reasons, but I don’t tend to think rape generally happens because men are overwhelmed by sexual desire/the need to come.