Each day, more abusers emerge from the woodwork: byproducts and castoffs of offices without oversight.
Where were the people who were minding the store? The “I can say and do anything I want, and it’s all good” mentality is exposed only we bother to see straight through it – when higher powers give a rip regarding workings of their “top performers,” who over time (and without push-back) become increasingly predatory.
Society now may have reached a tipping point for tolerance of “good ole boy” antics. What we are seeing (with the growing cohort of #me too targets) is transformational change – cultures that bend to moral dictates, rather than shape them in an immoral fashion.
A starting point is transparency. Who besides a tight lipped (and tight knight) inner circle knew about codes of silence (and wads of cash) designed to perpetuate power abuse – funded by our hard-earned paychecks? Women branded with a scarlet “T” for “troublemaker,” quickly (and quietly) shuttled elsewhere.
If women were making the rules, would a system that focused on responsibilities (and not rights) have instead ruled the day? The appropriate term for cataloguing fallen anchors, actors, and politicians is hubris, which metastasizes once power holders realize they have an ample supply of opposite sexed “pleasers.” Abuse does not begin at full decibel. It amplifies over time, as employees ascend the corporate ladder – as they behave increasingly bold by testing the waters: “I want somebody I can talk to and it doesn’t go anyplace else.”
Body snatchers at work have easy pickings when top management plays dumb. Predators take “a little bit here and a little bit there,” as if women were merely produce at their personal grocery store. A recipe for self-aggrandizement that comes at the expense of lower ranking, with lecherous intent as the main ingredient.