Naked To Advance Their Career

Note: this post contains images of nudity and hypocrisy
lesson from a victim of imperialism

The Rape of Lucretia

Right-thinking people everywhere are shocked by the scandal of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein acting inappropriately with so many women.  They’re scandalized by the likes of George Takei, Kevin Spacey, Bill Clinton… The list just keeps on growing.  People trying to get ahead, to advance their career, get taken advantage of by people with the power to propel them forward or hold them back.

Where did Weinstein get the idea that these women would grant him sexual favors in order to advance their careers?  He groped them, demanded massages, exposed himself, forced sex…  What did they say or do that he mistook for encouragement?  They were probably being deferential, wanting to stay in his good graces.  But that’s a far cry from acquiescing to sex.  What’s the culture that made Weinstein think they would trade sex to advance their careers?  Is it because most of them were willing to shed their clothes and have simulated (sometimes not simulated) sex with other performers as part of their career?

And what about all the politicians, journalists and others who use power to demand sex?  Maybe we should also think of them as part of the entertainment industry.  Or perhaps the problem is a culture which denigrates human dignity, such that sex is not primarily an expression of love, closeness and faithfulness, but rather an industrial commodity to be exploited and exchanged.

Naked hindsight

Harvey Weinstein, and all the other letches who harass and abuse women, men, even children deserve to lose the power that they hold over people who want to advance their career.  But smug condemnation of harassment that took place one, ten, twenty years ago only shows how good hindsight is.  If women don’t want people to think they’re willing to trade sexual favors to get ahead, they shouldn’t get naked on command, to rub against other bare-skinned performers.  Movie-makers would then have to rely on interesting stories, well-written scripts, and good acting to attract an audience.  A difficult challenge, indeed.

Weinstein’s accusers

These are many of the women who complained about Weinstein’s willingness to advance their career in exchange for sex.  Most of them were willing to make sex part of their career:

Katherine Kendall: He asked her to massage him; he returned nude

Heather Graham: He implied she had to have sex with him in order to get a movie role

Gwyneth Paltrow: He suggested she give him a massage

Eva Green: He behaved inappropriately

Erika Rosenbaum: He masturbated behind her while holding her neck

Emma de Caunes: He came out naked with an erection and demanded she lie on the bed

Dawn Dunning: She could only sign them (contracts) on the condition she had three-way sex with him

Claire Forlani: I ducked, dived and ultimately got out of there… Yes, massage was suggested

Cara Delevingne: He encouraged her to kiss another woman in his hotel room

Asia Argento: He pulled her skirt up and forcibly performed oral sex on her

Ashley Judd: He asked if he could give her a massage

Angie Everhart: He masturbated in front of her

Angelina Jolie: He made unwanted advances

Tomi-Ann Roberts: He was nude in the bath

Rose McGowan reportedly reached a settlement with Weinstein following a hotel room encounter

Romola Garai: He auditioned her wearing only a bathrobe

Myleene Klass: He offered her a “sex contract”

Mira Sorvino: He made me very uncomfortable; sort of chasing me around

Lysette Anthony: says she was raped by Weinstein

Lena Headey: resisted his advances in a Los Angeles hotel

Lea Seydoux: He tried to kiss her on the lips

Sophie Dix: The alleged assault was “the single most damaging thing that’s happened in my life”

Rosanna Arquette: He grabbed her hand and pulled it towards his penis

Lucia Evans: “He forced me to perform oral sex on him”

Louisette Geiss: He masturbated in front of her while she was making a pitch

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez: He groped her breasts and thigh

Where did Weinstein get his lecherous ideas?


Any Fool Can Know

Disarming the troops

Disarming the troops

At about 11:00 a.m. on July 17th 2015, a gunman attacked a storefront Naval Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, firing aggressively into its window. No one shot back, because Bill Clinton had long ago disarmed U.S. soldiers on military bases. As any fool can know, as the only one armed, the gunman had the situation under control.

He then drove to a Naval Reserve Center seven miles away, where he murdered four Marines, before being killed by authorities. By 1:30 p.m., Chattanooga police said “The active shooter situation is over.” A dangerous situation was now under control.

By 2:00 p.m. President Obama had been briefed by his national security team. Half an hour later the Tennessee Governor made an announcement that people serving their country had lost their lives, and by 3:10 the incident was described at a news conference as an “act of domestic terrorism” (a statement later retracted).

By 4:00 the shooter was identified as Kuwaiti-born. Few media outlets were willing to reveal though, that he was the son of a Palestinian. Although Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez had traveled to Jordan and perhaps Yemen recently, counter-terrorism “experts” wondered why he had attacked the military facilities in the U.S.  A CNN news analyst wondered if he was Muslim.

It was time to investigate. The FBI announced it had no idea of the suspect’s motivation. Vice-President Biden promised that the United States would get to the bottom of the shootings. President Obama was a little ahead of him, declaring that it was a ‘lone gunman,’ and vowing a full investigation. The President’s words assured the American people that the government had the earlier chaos under control.

Any Fool Can Know. The Point Is to Understand

The Point Is to Understand

The gunman’s home was raided. A bomb squad truck, a military truck carrying armed men rolled into the area of the shooting. Police closed off streets, turned away people wanting to reach their homes. It quickly became clear that Abdulazeez blogged about Islam, argued with his schoolmates about Islam, and showed signs of becoming increasingly devout.

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
Albert Einstein

Any fool can know that Mohammed is a Muslim name, can understand why a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian would shoot up a U.S. military facility. Any fool can know that unarmed soldiers can’t defend themselves against someone with an assault weapon.  If you won’t see the pattern of the Fort Hood “workplace violence,” the shooting of an unarmed soldier at the Canadian Parliament, soldiers being run over in Quebec, and the Chattanooga rampage, then any investigation, no matter how thorough, will not prevent further attacks, further chaos. The point is to understand.

Converted to terrorism

Converted to terrorism, and proud

President Obama’s investigation is not aimed at avoiding future attacks against U.S. military installations, or even against civilians. We know how to do that:

  • Arm American soldiers in the U.S.
  • Stop the influx of refugees.
  • Allow police and security forces to conduct ethnic profiling.

These measures won’t stop all assaults, but will certainly reduce their frequency and effectiveness. The fenced-off streets, the hundreds of federal agents, the massive resources being invested are a clear demonstration that the government has everything under control. This was an isolated incident, and they will soon get to the bottom of it. We will find out for example, if indeed Abdulazeez was a ‘lone wolf’ or part of an organized network.

ISIS has put out calls for Muslims in America to attack soldiers. Does it matter if such attackers are in direct communication with ISIS before following their instructions? According to such people, they aren’t even responding to a human call to violence, but rather the voice of God, as expressed by their prophet in their holy book. They respond with their prayers, with their guns and machetes. That, to the devout, is direct communication.

The massive Federal investigation that is getting under way is a sham, a pretense that the government has Muslim anti-American violence under control. It’s a way of avoiding action while pretending to take responsibility.

What Any Fool Can Know:

If we want to secure the country

If we want to secure the country

Most people knew what happened in Chattanooga shortly after the gunfire ended. The investigation, whether by Federal agents or fearful journalists is to ensure that people don’t have to face, don’t have to understand what any fool can know: the difficult decisions that must be made. The battle waged by ISIS in the mind of its soldiers, is the continuation of a war that began with the rise of Islam fourteen hundred years ago. If we want to secure the country, indeed the world against Jihad, we don’t really need to investigate. As distasteful as it might be, we have to understand: it’s time to fight back.




The FBI has declared that there is no indication the Chattanooga shooter was inspired or directed by the Islamic State.