This story makes it clear that as sexual arousal increases, empathy decreases making sexual assault all the more likely as situations are more ambiguous or when someone changes her mind. It is a cautionary tale for men. A call to examine for each man to examine his past and present to help ensure that #TimesUp means that time is really up.
Real science is the basis for some real suggestions for what non-rapey men should do during this time of accusation, denial, and faux apologies. The advice that results might even surprise #MattDamon!
The divide between left and right seems to be growing ever wider. We can examine the division using both the sexual harassment accusations and moral foundation theory, but our conclusion questions whether we can bridge the divide at all.
Al Franken’s story really gives some insight into the mind of the groper. And, the reactions of his accusers may help men understand the problem with the groping and sexual harassment.
Men evolved to rape. Circumstances will vary, but it is inside all of us. Change your perspective from the man’s to the woman’s and rape becomes much more difficult to excuse.
It is clear that we live in a rape culture and that it will take a lot to change it. What does it take for individuals to make a difference? To stand up and speak out?