In the last month, hundreds of women and men have come forward in a courageous attempt to reveal abuses of power- sexual abuses to be more specific- that take place in our media, from CNN to Hollywood. Women have become more confident in themselves and their ability to be heard, raising their voices and our standards. Secrecy, the seeming effect of fear that causes victims to remain quiet for years- even decades, is making its’ mark in history as something that will not stand. The walls of silence are being broken down by the day, and oppressors are being exposed by an art form within itself and what appears to be a new dawn.
But it isn't a one way street.
JANUARY 2018 ART & CONVERSATION
We want to take a moment and share our sympathies and support with the courageous men and women who are reminding us that acts of sexual abuse or harassment should never be considered ‘normalized’ in our society. Whether it is takes place in the media, art, or film industries, the army, or the Church- such oppressions should never be tolerated, regardless of how tolerant we are of each other. As our world continues to change and we see more women find equal stature amongst their male counterparts in the media, more women and transgenders join the reserves or share bathrooms, and our churches continue to welcome and embrace gay audiences, it is now more important than ever to protect one another. We should not let our love and acceptance of one another result in more sexual abuse or tolerance of it.
It is also important to remember that while we should be protecting one another, we are essentially, responsible for ourselves. Conversations have stirred in the last year- how much is "too much to drink" before forgetting your own name, or how much "power" is 'acceptable' in society for a victim to continue their silence for years at a time. Because we are far from a perfect world, there must be a sense of responsibility and accountability, both ways, if we are to ever turn the debate and controversy into a practical solution.
The once family drama, Switched at Birth, took a very controversial turn when in 2015 when 18 year old Bay wakes up confused in her ex-boyfriend's dorm room. Switched at Birth was not shy about implementing controversy in their show after season 1, but this situation is not an uncommon one in college life. The question is- was it consented or not? Executive Producer, Lizzy Weiss, leaves this open ended depicting the reality of our actions, the justifications, and accusations that come with convolution. The show ended its final season in 2017, never giving us a clear answer as to what actually happened between Bae and Tank, but we do see the negative consequences that played out like a domino affect in Tank's life after the accusations were made public.
Rape is not a joke. And it's important that women also understand that false accusations are not either, regardless of one's 'buyer's remorse.'
And while we applaud everyone who has come out to voice the real abuses they experienced, we scratch our heads at the cynicism and skepticism that surrounds Corey Feldman, child actor of the 1980s, who also made a stand in 2017. It's been almost two decades since Corey Feldman first spoke out about the ongoing sexual abuse and pedophilia rings in Hollywood. A young boy at the time, Feldman now states that he thought it was ‘normal’ until he reached a certain age when he opened up the conversation publicly. While many claim that Feldman has done it all wrong in his attempts to expose Hollywood, he is, nonetheless, a victim of sexual abuse and deserves the same support and encouragement everyone else does regardless of how he does it. Feldman desires to independently produce and direct the story of his life as a means to raise awareness, despite the fear and repercussions that persist with his continuous efforts to expose things that should never have been. We continue to support Corey Feldman, his story, and his mission, and other young men who may not have yet found their voice to speak out or say no.
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