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Is there any man left in Hollywood who hasn’t sexually harassed women? Let’s out them all. Two fabulous, cringe-worthy headlines. And the Jets are officially cooked, as it should be

I want more.

More names. More accusers. More tales of disgusting moral depravity committed weeks, months, years, decades ago. All of it, I want all of the rich and powerful men from Hollywood, the business world, media, all of them.

Let no one be left uncovered, let no woman or man who’s been abused, demeaned, raped, assaulted, made to feel incredibly uncomfortable and having no recourse to doing anything about it, have to stay in the shadows any longer.

It is obscene that so many of these men got away with this behavior for so long.  No one should be able to get away with sexual assault, I don’t care if you’re a big-shot Hollywood director, or a lowly intern in the press office.

The last few months have finally, finally shone some light on the behavior of these men. It started with Harvey Weinstein, and his ridiculous defense of criminal, horrible, sexual behavior that he “came of age in the 1960s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.”

That led to Kevin Spacey, and his equally-pathetic defense after the public outing of his molestation of a 14-year-old actor as some sort of proof he’s now admitting, that he’s gay.

And the list just grows and grows. Louis CK, Brett Ratner, Jeremy Piven, Charlie Sheen, Mark Halperin, James Toback, Dustin Hoffman, and Steven Seagal.  In all likelihood, there are hundreds and hundreds more, powerful men in suits who have gotten away with disgusting, criminal behavior for far too long.

Some people are sick of hearing about it already. Not me.

I say, I want to hear more and more of it. Not because I enjoy hearing of suffering, but because I want every single victim to speak out, and have the world know what their abuser has done.

So please, I don’t care if it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, a TV or print interview, or anything else. Let’s get it all out in the open. Let every disgusting pig roast in the court of public opinion, and be forced to reckon with the pain and trauma they’ve caused.

The trickle has started. I want the flood of names. Keep them coming, brave women who are speaking out. Please, please keep them coming.

 

**Next up today, longtime readers know I love a good headline mistake, or double entendre, or misplaced or missing punctuation that would’ve helped. Two great examples of that recently, both made me laugh really hard.

First up, some students got some job experience recently. So first-hand experience. And so, a newspaper in Kansas called the Pratt Tribune wrote about it. And, well…

The hyphen! Would’ve been a pretty different headline if there was one there, no? But hey, someone has to give the students hand-job experience, they’re not going to learn how to do it on their own, are they?

Next, this was sent to me by my friend Andrew, who knew I’d laugh hard.  From the Times Daily in Alabama, above a story about Roy Moore, who, inexplicably, is still a candidate for Senate in that state.

Who knew shellfish could be so controversial?

You know, those sex clams can really be divisive, let me tell you! They’ve divided many parties I’ve been to, half the people eating them and thinking they’re delicious, the other half thinks they’re way too horny to eat. It’s a real problem.

**Finally today, it’s taken way, way longer than I expected, but yeah we can pretty much call the New York Jets done for the 2017 season. They did way better than anyone expected the first nine weeks, and I laughingly convinced myself that if they beat the 2-6 Tampa Bay Bucs Sunday, a team playing without its two best offensive players, the Jets would actually be a playoff contender.

But, you know, they stink. Josh McCown is what he is, a nice, decent quarterback. He’s got almost no weapons around him, his offensive line stinks, and the defense just can’t stop committing stupid penalties. So the Jets are 4-6, which is three or four games better than I expected, and now they play out the string. Hey, it was a nice little two month surprise.

Other NFL thoughts…

— Things I cannot understand/comprehend in the NFL right now: The Jacksonville Jaguars are 6-3. The New Orleans Saints are 7-2 after thumping Buffalo, 47-10, IN BUFFALO (Hey, I thought the Bills were finally good?) The Tennessee Titans are 6-3 as well. This has been a weird, weird year.

— Very cool to see Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater, who has missed two years of football with a severe knee injury, tearing up at the national anthem as he dressed for his first game since 2015.

— Tom Savage started at QB for an NFL team Sunday. And Colin Kaepernick, who led a team to the Super Bowl, sits at home.

Another disgraceful handling of a campus rape. Louis CK with wise words on fatherhood. And “Masters of Sex” is back!

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You would like to think that with the epidemic of college campus rape being so well-known, and so exhaustively written about and explored, that schools would be better at dealing with it by now.
You would think ALL schools would realize how stacked the deck always is against the victim, how especially when it’s a young woman’s words and version of events, and indisputable medical proof, against varsity football players who have lied and changed their story through the course an investigation, that some form of justice would be done.

You would think that maybe, just maybe, campus police would be more thorough, that judicial panels of university administrators wouldn’t be so callous and clueless in conducting a “trial” of sorts. But sadly once again, you’d be wrong.

In the latest despicable act of “justice,” I read this story in the Sunday New York Times about a freshman at Hobart and William Smith Colleges named Anna, her harrowing experience of being raped, and the horrendously bad conduct of the school in looking into it.

Needless to say, the three assailants got away pretty much scot-free, Anna is scarred for life, and Hobart and William Smith appear to have not a clue as to how to look at this.

As you read this story (and it’s long, but excellent), think about this from a letter to the editor Tuesday, about the story:

“Rape is a serious violent crime. College administrations have shown themselves time and again to be completely incompetent when addressing charges of sexual assault. Why do we allow this process in the first place? Would we allow a college administration to investigate a kidnapping? Would we allow it to adjudicate a murder charge? Of course not.”

**Next up, Louis CK made these comments about fatherhood back in 2010, but I just ran across them on Upworthy.com this week.

For once, Louie isn’t strictly trying to just be funny, but actually offers some pretty sound advice, advice I definitely plan on following.

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**Finally, so happy that one of my favorite shows of last year, one that surprised the hell out of me with how good it was, is back to save us from this TV wasteland of summer.

If you’re not already watching “Masters of Sex” on Showtime, I highly, highly recommend it. Telling the story of real-life groundbreaking sex researchers (and eventual lovers) William Masters and Virginia Johnson in the 1950s, this show gives us the complex dynamics of two people who were dedicated to their work, mocked by the medical establishment, yet keep pressing on.

The acting is tremendous; Michael Sheen (who in real life is now dating Sarah Silverman, which just seems so odd, those 2 together) and Lizzy Caplan are fantastic, and the supporting cast is great too (Beau Bridges and Allison Janney, as a couple struggling with a whole lot more than I can briefly explain here, both just got Emmy nominations for their roles in “Masters of Sex”).

The writing is sharp, sometimes funny, and always interesting. Season 2 started off with a great episode Sunday night (you can watch it for free here); definitely a good time to get into this show if you haven’t already.

Sure, there’s lots of sex and nudity in it (rarely a bad thing), but that’s almost banal and beside the point in this show. It’s just terrific.