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What is it about these pathetic men with a paunch who imagine their looks and libidos are immortal and think their excuse for manliness continues to attract sweet, young flesh? You might ask some of the women.
These men have something women want. It can be money, a piece of the action that such creeps control and a ticket to a glamorous party life. Submission sometimes works for a woman who can tolerate demeaning behavior, and not giving in to crude appetites can mean losing more than her dignity. It can mean cutting off access and opportunities to make it in a world dominated by men. An ambitious woman might exchange degradation for a role in a movie, or take a role as arm candy to get introductions to influential people. A woman exploited by a powerful man might move up to stardom with passive acceptance or silence. Challenging a creep can be costly.
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Bad behavior is nothing new. The casting couch and lecherous directors, like the lechers and creeps in Washington, have been figures of satire in Hollywood as far back as the 1930s, and even earlier. But hype and exposure today raise the stakes, and the most glamorous and powerful people assist the culprits because they have a lot to gain. There's guilt by association and a lot to lose by speaking up. Wives, for example, are glibly called "enablers," but they can lose money, status, support and powerful associates if their husbands are exposed as cads. Only now is Georgina Chapman leaving Harvey Weinstein.
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