Why are so many perpetrators of sexual harassment old men in $500 suits?
Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, Jr., is 88. Television personalities Charlies Rose and Bill O’Reilly are aged 75 and 68, respectively. Michigan Democratic Senator Al Franken, is 66. Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and would-be Republican Senator Roy Moore is 70. Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein is 65. Etc.
It is not coincidental that so many harassers are older. After-all, it usually takes many years to become rich and powerful. However, the age of harassers is incidental. It’s the $500 suit (a metaphor for money and power) that really matters.
Sexual harassment is an abuse of power. Hence, few CEOs file sexual harassment complaints.
Many of the politicians and personalities who were unmasked as harassers in recent months are deeply entrenched in positions of power. They use that power in two ways – to abuse people with less power and to protect themselves from any consequences arising from their bad behavior. They know the system works to protect them, and not the targets of their abuse.