Over the last fifteen years I seem to have been intermittently at war with powerful men like Harvey Weinstein, and the masses (students, workers and readers) have nearly always sided with them.
Although Russell Brand had no further education when he launched his Revolution, and I’d spent ten years at university, graduating with a PhD, he was considered worthy of listening to, and even considered one of the most important thinkers of our time.
When the Revolution never got off the ground Brand is welcomed back into the mainstream media world as if nothing happened. Women consider him a revolutionary feminist, despite his Weinstein-style womanising, and never mentioning the grooming scandal, or even expressing any sorrow or regret for the terror attacks in London or the rest of Britain.
As Jane Fonda said in her interview yesterday, the Weinstein boss is more the ubiquitous norm, and that’s the experience I’ve had. The managers usually control the debate, and my image in the workplace, as they’re there much more than me, and can spend hours on the telephone stirring and demonising; as well as gossiping and grooming.
They can do the same with customers in shops, and often live locally to the area they work in, whereas lower ranked workers are just visiting and passing through to work and there for less time. This refers more to my experiences in previous marketplaces I’ve worked in, with the city centre providing a more balanced location.
The two Heads of Department when I was doing my PhD were apparently acting like the stereotypical Weinstein boss. One got engaged to his student/secretary after a conference in Hawaii and chaperoning her, and her him, in lectures and seminars. The other staff members congratulated them, and she acted like the cat who’d got the cream, as if knowing she’d won a great prize. And she was right, fast-tracked to Professor.
When I complained I was considered either jealous of him or her.
In reality, I would have liked a good academic job at the start of my PhD, but had decided to finish as soon as possible and get out after I wasn’t upgraded straight away after the first year (when I had much less supervision than I should have, and nearly all with a trainee supervisor doing her first one, as my main one was the first Head of Department; the main examiner was the second one!), and my appeal took nearly two years to process.
She was a borderline for romance, nothing more.
Demonising the Whistleblower
Although the above are all personal, and influenced by my upbringing in the 1980s, when socialism and unions were still strong, and workers still had rights, I’ve had all kinds of demonisations thrown at me; I presume originating by those in power.
The Russell Brand fans seem to think I’m jealous of him, and/or that I’m an old right-winger, in the way of their colour Revolution! They think Islamism is the cool revolutionary thing, inspired by women who cover up, while their Saudi sisters are trying to go the other way, and other women around the world are losing their freedoms and rights to Islamism. They include white British girls of the Jordan (Katie Price) generation who only know grooming and gratification; monetary value is all, care and consideration is creepy.
Workplace managers work the staff and locals against me either by saying I’m not really one of them; a full-time company worker for staff, or a local-to-the-area person for customers. While I don’t mind those, as they are true, they also lie and spin to increase their hold on the workplace, and lessen my popularity: I don’t like the area, I don’t support the local team, I don’t like their nationality/ethnicity, I only complain because I’m a competitor for their job/grooming target, I’m interested in them sexually etc.
I think the same or similar was true in university, but they put me complaining and leaving more down to not liking the university, or because I didn’t like the city, or the class system. The latter was partially true, as I wanted to research how multiculturalism was diminishing class equality, and especially the grooming scandal that was still simmering under the surface at the time, and which would continue for another decade. I was never offered a job, as some people seem to think.
I must admit I was looking for such scandals, being a 1960s-inspired critical theorist, but I thought the scandal and power control attitudes were only at the top, and that the masses were generally critical. Unfortunately, I’ve found the attitudes are ingrained in British and Irish culture, and that the ‘new cultures’ of multiculturalism are just as bad or worse.
Moreover, the Jordan generation seem likely to be as bad or worse, mixing the worst aspects of traditional power, Brand sexploitation and the paedophilic sexism of ‘new cultures’. The old union jobs are dying, and they are being replaced by zero contract style jobs, with no rights, and applicants forced into a ‘get the job at any costs’ outlook.
Can a bright brave new world like women are calling for after the Weinstein scandal emerge in such a culture. Not if the majority of students and workers are going to put their university or workplace brand first, and people second; and listen to the bollocks spoken by their great leaders as they try to groom them!
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