The Reign of Male Misconduct Must End

Camille Crumbley, Staff writer

Male domination over females is a tale as old as time. They have used their bodies and supposed God-given right to suppress the female mind and body. In modern times, the female is still fighting for her place among amongst the ravenous males.

Men of all different stations can wield power over what they view as the lesser sex, often in the form of brandishing what is in their pants as a source of power. The female body is deemed by them as something to violate and a source of entertainment.

The worst part about it is that they do not recognize the immorality behind their actions. Each woman becomes another notch on their belt. They parade their sexual conquest before their fellow man, like trophies to be won and victories to be celebrated, while the woman has lost something from herself in the unlawful exchange.

The assault is exacerbated when there is a true power balance, rather than a physical one or one fabricated in the mind. A rich man can put real influence behind threats made to women to end their careers if they discuss their assault. Often times they are paid hush money or believe the threats and simply do not say anything.

After Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes resigned after allegations of sexual harassment, more women came forward with claims against Fox News men and had to settle claims for nearly $100 million. Justice was not served, merely a payoff.

When sexual assault scandals make their way into the media and women come forward, people oftentimes do not believe them because of the lapse in time. “Why didn’t they come forward earlier?” they ask.

If you turn to the past, when men are accused of misconduct, they are not held accountable. The women do not get the justice they seek and deserve sometimes no matter how hard they fight, so they see no point in trying to fight a man in a superior position.

Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, and Harvey Weinstein, just to name a few, are men who are placed in positions of power. They face consequences, like losing their companies, but how can one acquaint the monetary value of a company to the debasing of a human body and life? More has to be done to make men answer for their actions.

But somehow we have made Donald Trump the ultimate exception. Like other cases, we have looked at him as a man, who has so much to lose, and in doing so, have protected him and his job.

Millions heard him say callous words against women he worked with. He has bragged about his assaults, claiming he “didn’t even wait” and that “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab em’ by the p—y.”

He defended his words by claiming it was “locker room talk.”

These assaults against women became something to boast and gloat about. The locker room, the place where “boys can be boys” and “let it all hang out” became a place where degrading the female body became acceptable.

We accept the unacceptable male behavior because we as a society believe that it is simply ingrained into the male psyche, when, in truth, boys and men can be taught what is right and what is wrong.

Both Weinstein’s and Trump’s past actions were not secret, but once they came into light, Weinstein lost his company, while Trump kept his presidency. The public protected and supported him, while condoning his actions, sweeping them under the rug.

Punishment should be equal for every man, of every rank, of every race. We can no longer overlook and pardon the unfortunate behavior of the male race.