My thoughts on the HBO drama Confirmation, Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and sexual harassment.
Watching Confirmation, I am reminded of the sexual-harassment my mother suffered on her jobs at the hands of her employers and managers, when I was a kid growing up. How common it was for men at that time to pull this crap on virtually every woman in their sphere.
And as a teenager in the 80s I found myself being sexually harassed by a supervisor on one of my first jobs, before I even knew what sexual-harassment was.
It was an awful experience that damage me emotionally. I wound up quitting that job when it became clear that I was no longer welcome at that organization, after I refused to submit to a sexual relationship with that supervisor.
So there was never any doubt in my mind, or the mind of any woman who has been put through that awfulness on the job, that Anita Hill was describing real abuse at the hands of her employer. And at the time she had no place to turn, and there was nothing she could do about it except endure it or quit.
No surprise that a person like Clarence Thomas wound up rising to the top of his profession without anyone calling him on his abuse, until there was a political interest in doing so. Because for years, and no doubt for millennia throughout human history, women and many men just had to put up with this abuse in silence, and accept it as just a part of being in the workforce. And there was nothing you could do without having your life turned upside down and your career destroyed.
Times and the law may have changed, but this kind of thing still goes on all the time everywhere. And people without power still have to put up with it, or take the risk of coming forward and speaking out.
To all those who consider fighting back, I advise you to make sure you have evidence to back up your allegations. Record everything, Document everything, get video and audio evidence of what’s being done to you before you come forward. That way no one will be able to deny the truth when you tell it.
And for the record, Clarence Thomas is a Low down dirty dog, who doesn’t have the judicial chops or temperament to be judging a hot dog eating contest, let alone sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Thomas’s confirmation represented and still represents everything that is wrong with America, and everything that must be stamped out, if this country is to evolve into an equitable and safe society for everyone. His abuse of power will never be forgotten by the history books, or by any of those who still suffer in silence.