The Oppression of Women… Why is it still happening today?

Photo By Ben Blennerhassett,

Society today has made forward advances in the treatment and rights of women- all around the world. We are fortunate enough to live in a country where the treatment of women is supposed to be universally respected, and we are given social media platforms to express and voice our opinions.

However, recently there have been two incidents of specific verbal and sexual harassment of women, partnered with uproar from both sides of the issue.

The first comes from Harvey Weinstein, a media prodigy and American film producer, credited with works such as “My Week with Marilyn”, “Shakespeare in Love”, and “Kill Bill”. Weinstein has also received seven Tony awards for producing a variety of plays and musicals, such as “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot: The Musical” both of which have been on Broadway.

While this list of accomplishments is extensive, Weinstein has been accused of sexually harassing a number of female actresses he worked with in his productions. Ashley Judd was the first to go public with her story, according to CNN, in which she claimed Weinstein “asked her if he could give her a massage or she could watch him in the shower.” Since Judd’s story has been released, “more than 40 women” have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

And then of course, this spokes-woman said that the women he allegedly groped never denied any of his actions, which is sad and pathetic that Weinstein still cannot be truthful and honest about his actions, especially when more than 40 women have come out exposing that statement as a lie.

Athlete and quarterback for the Carolina Panthers Cam Newton was at a press conference when he was confronted by a female reporter, identified as Jourdan Rodrigue who writes for The Observer, about his “routes” during the game, to which he replied, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”

It, in fact, is not funny to hear a female talk about routes, because it is completely acceptable to hear females talk about anything they want to.

Since then, Newton was kicked out of being a sponsor for Dannon Yogurt, who said in a statement, “We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards Jourdan Rodrigue which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women,” according to the Washington Times.

This should not still be happening in 2017. As a society, I would like to believe that we have grown out of petty comments and crude behavior against women. But we haven’t, and that’s the sad part.

The statistics to the left show just how much  sexual harassment occurs in a workplace, the image is courtesy of “Bolt Insurance Agency”, which is providing their employees with this information beforehand, according to Business Insider.

All that women can do now is speak out against perpetrators and continue to not tolerate discriminatory comments from males, not now, not ever.

Written By Grayson Ruiz, Opinion and Lifestyle Editor

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