As we enter the next phase of #MeToo, outing more “bad men” isn’t enough. The urgent question we face in this moment is why half the population persistently refuses to believe the millions of women who say sexual harassment and assault shape our lives, and are maintaining our inequality. If men are not adequately protecting, if they are not needed to provide, then what does this mean for men as individuals?
In the wake of now more than 40 women coming forward with allegations, many people continue to ask, “Why didn’t the women say something?” “Why didn’t they report him?” There are many good reasons women don’t report these experiences in the workplace, not the least of which is persistent systemic and institutionalized tolerance, starting at very young ages.