Ryan Gosling has worked with accused and alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein and spoke out about the scandal via Twitter. What’s interesting to note is that in his tweet, Gosling expressed disappointment in himself for being oblivious to what was happening between Weinstein and the women victims.
Gosling’s public declaration of taking personal accountability by expressing disappointment in himself should be an example to men everywhere.
Far too many men view women as sexual objects that exist solely for their gratification. The news of Harvey Weinstein’s scandal and the accusations of sexual abuse, assault, and even rape are shocking to some, but not surprising.
Sexual abuse and harassment are far too common in the United States and the workplace is no exception. Women are treated as second-class citizens in many situations. They do not get equal pay and continue to suffer abuse in every aspect of life.
While many women would like to live in a world where they do not need men to protect them, it should be noted that what Ryan Gosling is suggesting is not a statement saying that women can’t defend themselves. It is not a statement that women are the weaker sex and can’t make it in the world without a man.
Instead, it is an example of the mindset that men should have when working or associating with women everywhere.
Men should treat women, especially those in the workplace, as they would their sisters or daughters. If a man saw his sister being groped in the workplace by an employer, one can only imagine what he would do to protect her.
You may read Ryan Gosling’s full statement below
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) October 12, 2017
While it was not Ryan Gosling’s fault that what transpired occurred, as that fault always rests solely upon the perpetrator, it is refreshing to hear a man say that he should have been aware abuse was taking place and hold himself personally accountable for not stopping it.
It is similar to what a brother would feel if his sister was assaulted by an employer while he also worked at the same venue.
Ryan Gosling has set a standard that if all men would follow, would make the world a safer place for women everywhere.