In the New York Times today is an article by Cara Buckley about a new Feminist pressure group called “Time’s Up Now.” The purpose of the organization is to get more “WYMYN N BOREDROOMS” in Hollywood because “gender parity” is supposedly a virtue, but only at the decision-making level. Feminists see no need for gender parity with trash collectors. The tools of “Time’s Up” will be propaganda (why involve actresses if they don’t get to perform for the plebes?) and lawfare (Time’s Up Legal ‘Defense’ Fund which likely be drawn on to fund ruinous sexual harassment and defamation lawsuits).
Driven by outrage and a resolve to correct a power imbalance that seemed intractable just months ago, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives have formed an ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.
Oh, this ought to be fantastic.
The initiative includes:
— A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women — like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
This seems benign.
— Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.
Feminists just have to make sure that women are a protected class. Of course, all of this special handling that women require will only make women into a radioactive class and treated accordingly.
— A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that has already begun making headway.
‘Gender parity’ is the new buzzword. When men are primarily present in an industry or occupation or institution, feminists will screech about ‘gender equality’, that ‘women are half of the population’ and that the way must be made straight and smooth for female entry. If or when women get a numerical advantage, they trot out ‘gender parity’ and screech that ‘women slightly outnumber men’ therefore perfect numerical equality is unnecessary, only that the numbers be proportional to the general population where, wouldn’t you know it, women outnumber men.
— And a request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.
Why not just wear pink pussy hats?
Called Time’s Up, the movement was announced on Monday with an impassioned pledge of support to working-class women in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, many of them A-listers. The letter also ran as a full-page ad in The New York Times, and in La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter says.
I get the sense that I’m on autopilot in offering this criticism, but it’s funny how feminists are so gung-ho to break the “male dominated workplaces” of the C-suite and the executive’s office, but are in no rush to break the “male dominated workplaces” of:
1% or less women
-Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
-Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons
-Crane and tower operators
-Electrical power-line installers and repairers
-Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
5% or less
-Aircraft mechanics and service technicians
-Automotive body and related repairers
-Automotive service technicians and mechanics
-Carpet, floor, and tile installers and finishers
-Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers
-Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers
-First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
-First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers
-Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
-Highway maintenance workers
-Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics
-Locomotive engineers and operators
-Maintenance and repair workers, general
-Mining machine operators
-Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers
-Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
-Pest control workers
-Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
-Railroad conductors and yardmasters
-Security and fire alarm systems installers
-Sheet metal workers
-Small engine mechanics
-Stationary engineers and boiler operators
-Structural iron and steel workers
-Telecommunications line installers and repairers
-Tool and die makers
-Welding, soldering, and brazing workers
10% or less
-Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
-Architectural and engineering managers
-Automotive and watercraft service attendants
-Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers
-Computer control programmers and operators repairers
-Computer network architects
-Construction and building inspectors
-Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
-Grounds maintenance workers
-Helpers, construction trades
-Industrial truck and tractor operators
-Motor vehicle operators, all other
-Painters, construction and maintenance
-Refuse and recyclable material collectors
-Surveying and mapping technicians
-Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators
The consistent pattern in all of these jobs is that they are not air-conditioned. They do not call for pounds of makeup. One cannot wear the latest fashions and do them effectively. They cannot be done by a manicured hand.
Feminists are not concerned about these “male-dominated workspaces.” Only the ones where they get to bark orders and take long lunches.
The group is one answer to the question of how women in Hollywood would respond to cascading allegations that have upended the careers of powerful men in an industry where the prevalence of sexual predation has yielded the minimizing cliché of the “casting couch,” and where silence has been a condition of employment.
If women weren’t willing to sit on the casting couch, there is plenty of room behind a cash register. But, the female sense of entitlement won’t submit to petty considerations of morality, not when her fame and fortune are just within reach and all she has to do is suck off some fat choad to get her big break.
The standard feminist rejoinder is something along the lines of “but women shouldn’t have to!” The illocution being that “women shouldn’t be able to engage in quid pro quo.” In their typically dishonest fashion, feminists refuse to even acknowledge that quid pro quo in the entertainment industry is typically initiated by the job-seeker, not the job-offeror. Ian McKellan recently got himself screeched at by angry feminists for acknowledging the theater tradition of aspiring actresses inscribing “DRR” (Director’s Rights Respected) at the bottom of their headshots, which was an offer of sex if chosen for the role.
Time’s Up also helps defuse criticism that the spotlight on the #MeToo movement has been dominated by the accusers of high-profile men, while the travails of working-class women have been overlooked.
Oh? How is that?
This was highlighted in November, when an open letter was sent on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers who said they stood with Hollywood actresses in their fight against abuse. Time’s Up members said the letter bolstered their resolve to train their efforts on both Hollywood and beyond.
“It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house,” said Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of the television series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” who has been closely involved with the group.
“If this group of women can’t fight for a model for other women who don’t have as much power and privilege, then who can?” Ms. Rhimes continued.
Better to speak righteously than rationally, right?
Cleaning their own house is doublespeak. Now that the rich women have moral sanction from the proletariat (farmworkers) they have that ever-desirable sense of moral purity with which to go forth and righteously purge the evil men (which will eventually be all men) from the C-suite and the decisionmaking positions in Hollywood.
Personally, I want them to do it.
Hollywood as an institution, is a dying beast. More people are realizing that Hollywood was subverted in the 1970sto the point that it exists solely as an instrument of social and political subversion. For proof, see the Hollywood Reporter article on the topic of domestic box office versus international box office.
Time’s Up is leaderless, run by volunteers and made up of working groups. One group oversaw the creation of a commission, led by Anita Hill and announced in December, that is tasked with creating a blueprint for ending sexual harassment in show business.
Another group, 50/50by2020, is pushing entertainment organizations and companies to agree to reach gender parity in their leadership tiers within two years. It already can claim a victory. In early December, after Ms. Rhimes pressed him, Chris Silbermann, a managing director at ICM Partners, pledged that his talent agency would meet that goal.
I sincerely hope that Mr. Silbermann lives just long enough to regret that pledge.
“We just reached this conclusion in our heads that, damn it, everything is possible,” Ms. Rhimes said. “Why shouldn’t it be?”
This is the logic of feminist extortionists in a nutshell: “If one person knuckled under to our threats, why not the next person? Or the one after him? Or the one after him?”
Another group is devising legislation to tackle abuses and address how nondisclosure agreements silence victims of sexual harassment. “People settling out in advance of their rights is obviously something that can’t continue,” said Ms. Shaw, a prominent lawyer whose clients have included Lupita Nyong’o and Ava DuVernay.
Why not? Ah, that’s right. Because you know better than any particular woman involved in situation they are in and that your wishes and desires must supercede theirs. If a woman is willing to take the money, she shouldn’t have that option. If a woman is willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, she shouldn’t have that option. If a woman doesn’t want to go to trial, she shouldn’t have that option.
But, the feminists are in favor of a woman’s rights. Or so they say.
Ms. Tchen is spearheading the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which is administered by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity, and will connect female victims of sexual harassment with lawyers. Major donors include Ms. Witherspoon, Ms. Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, and the talent agencies ICM Partners, the Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency.
Harvey Weinstein was also a generous contributor to feminist causes. How well did that work out for him?
If once you have paid him the Danegeld, you never get rid of the Dane.
Time’s Up has also been urging women to wear black at the Golden Globes on Sunday, to use the red carpet to speak out against gender and racial inequality, and to raise awareness about their initiative and the legal fund.
“This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” Ms. Longoria said. A vast majority of the women who had been contacted and planned to attend the ceremony pledged to participate, she said.
“For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour,” Ms. Longoria said. “This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.”
Again, I ask why not wear those hideous pink pussy hats? Or just boycott the event entirely? Because you are vain. You cannot stand not being seen. You cannot stand not being seen as ‘glamorous.’ But most importantly, you are disposable. Your replacement just turned 18 yesterday. Hollywood trades in beautiful illusions and age crushes beauty, one day at a time.
More importantly, I hope that #MeToo and Time’s Up, the latest bid by rich feminists to try and seize power from rich men with the aid and connivance of weak men, has the opposite effect that they desire. For men who want to keep what power they have and don’t need to dip their pen in the company inkwell, Mike Pence has shown them they way. For those bosses who just can’t resist the allure of young, tender, and stupid actresses, they’ll just put one or more layers of insulation between themselves and their sexual conquests; someone who will both screen women for the arrangement and serve as eye-witnesses to consensual and enthusiastic nature of their employer’s sexual activities.