As I read the breaking news about Harvey Weinstein’s conviction, I wondered to myself: Is this the tipping point? Is this the decade where we finally eradicate toxic masculinity from our organizations?
In perhaps the single greatest moment of progress in the #MeToo movement, Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s wealthiest and most powerful men, was recently convicted of rape and sexual assault in a New York courtroom. He still faces similar charges in Los Angeles.
Debate about the importance of the verdict is still raging. Some believe this is a watershed moment for #MeToo, the global campaign to expose the powerful men who abused and harassed women with impunity. Others celebrated the fact that, finally, a jury was willing to “believe the victims” in a case that involved crimes that went back many years and which were not accompanied by many witnesses or forensic evidence.
As I reflected on these events, I did wonder whether this could be, finally, the beginning of the end of the toxic masculinity that has been practiced by so many powerful men. It’s a topic I have studied and commented on before.