I read the other day that 85% of men don't know what the Me Too Movement is so we still have a long way to go! But if these uninformed fellows are foolish enough to sexually harass a female co-worker, they're now much more likely to be reported and suffer consequences because of it. Women today feel empowered, want to see more progress, want to get ahead in their careers, and reap the financial benefits.
No woman today needs to feel alone. We're in this together and we all have an obligation to act so there won't be more victims. We need to keep the discussion going, letting employers know how sexual harassment affects our mental health, our ability to perform on the job, and our interest in staying with the company. So many talented women like you were lost in the early days and we don't want that to continue.
You were one of the early heroes (and victims) of the movement. You took a stand and suffered the consequences. We owe you a debt of gratitude because you paved the way for what's happening now. Your sacrifice made a huge difference in this movement and you should be commended.
The culture has definitely shifted and you can see that on television. I grew up watching Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. They always had big-breasted blondes on their shows, made jokes about them being well-endowed, and treated them as mere objects and punchlines. Even more recent shows such as “Friends” and “Two and a Half Men” seem so outdated and offensive in their treatment of women now that they're barely watchable. The sexist jokes just fall flat.
While I see positive things coming from the Me Too Movement in regards to the workplace, I don't see such a rosy picture regarding the overall treatment of women in society. I read an article today about “incels” or “involuntary celibates” (there are dozens of articles about them on the internet). They're a hate group with an online presence. They're angry guys who despise women for not choosing them as sexual partners. It's all quite disturbing as so many of these online groups are and reflects the rising hostility against women.
As we become more powerful—becoming financially independent, getting ahead in our careers, making strides in politics, and deciding who we find sexually desirable—backlash is inevitable. The last presidential election proved that there will be no kid gloves for female candidates such as Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina.
I'm sorry you lost your position in radio. I'm grateful the Me Too Movement has shined a light on the actresses who lost roles and careers because of sexual harassment. It's so heartbreaking to think of the talent we lost.