Originally posted by @finnegan
This trivial celebrity item takes the discussion of women's issues precisely nowhere. As long as we are asked to focus on the peccadilloes of the powerful and the wealthy, we are distracted from the situation of women among the mass of the population. It is a way to pretend we are talking abut an issue when we are refusing to talk about it. What about d ...[text shortened]... paid maternity leave? What about discussing why American culture is based on hatred for women?
Wouldn't you agree that the more we discuss the rich and wealthy's treatment of women, the easier it will be to report? For example, had the Weinstein story not been made public, it's likely that this account with Bush Sr. wouldn't have come to light.
Another example: the comedian Hannibal Buress during a stand-up routine, blasted Bill Cosby for being a rapist. This stand-up act has been credited with kindling the fire that lead to multiple allegations against Cosby. That, in turn, lead to revelations of Cosby admitting to using quaaludes in a legal case. Cosby is now being tried. You can brush off the Cosby revelations as "trivial celebrity" news, but for those women he raped, at the very least brings some long-awaited vindication for what they had to endure.
The problem with Weinstein is that people knew of the sexual assault, but no one said anything. Let's never let that happen again.