Nearly every time I flip the dial on my radio, I am confronted with breaking news that yet another executive has been canned for sexual harassment. Across the landscape of professional enclaves, once laudable men are being reduced to chump change. Literally. The rules of capitalism seek the cheapest option while safeguarding overhead expenditures. While this ideology normatively serves to keep the few at the helm of power, i.e. white, MEN, perhaps this typically less than quixotic pattern may have an unplanned upswing for women.
Search any reliable database and you will find evidence demonstrating that women overwhelmingly comprise subordinate professional positions. With senators, doctors, notable chefs, news anchors, and other gurus being wrenched from their thrones seemingly overnight, it only seems pragmatic for businesses to promote from within. And, who invisibly shifts the gears of any multilevel corporation behind the scenes? Women.
While hardly the empowering trajectory of equal rights for women the waves of feminism envisioned, might the current hot water myriad male executives find themselves boiling in finally propel women onward and upward? The history of patriarchy begs me to squash my hopes of a silver lining skirting gender norms. However, with the recent public protestations and assertions demanding respect, equality and accountability for inappropriate behavior, perhaps the seeds of matriarchy are sprouting.
What do you think? Is the current trend of outcry against sexual-harassment nothing more than that, a trend? Or, is something more profound occurring? Please let me know what’s brewing in your mind.
Collage by Els Van Laethem