As victims across the country continue to come froward with tales of mistreatment by powerful men, American society is reckoning with the legacy of toxic masculinity. Previously “untouchable” perpetrators are losing their jobs. Men in positions of power have abused those around them going back generations. It has been said, “that’s just how men are,” but that excuse is gone. No one, regardless of position or title, should be enabled to abuse anyone, regardless of status or industry.
However, it isn’t fair to expect that victims will always come forward with allegations of wrong-doing. Speaking out can be a painful and costly experience for male or female victims. Instead, the men who committed these predatory actions should examine their own past and admit to them. By taking the initiative, the burden is removed from victims and an honest reckoning can take place.
Never one to expect from others what I am not willing to do myself, in this special Takeaway I explain why it is so important for the guilty parties to speak up, and I admit to my own past misconduct. It wasn’t easy, but it was important to advance the progress of this cultural movement. Listen for yourself, and let me know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.