The tape of Donald Trump bragging about being able to commit sexual assault has thrown the presidential race into turmoil, but it also raises issues that have less to do with electoral politics. Se… - From FiveThirtyEight
christie: It’s striking to me that this was not a locker room and he was not among a group of friends.
christie: It’s hard to speak up, but it’s also exhausting, especially when the cost of speaking up is likely to be greater than the reward.
(I think this explains the study that found a kind of immunity to smaller forms of harassment — the cost of speaking up is so high and requires so much energy, that it’s easier to let it slide.) A 2009 study involving 250 male undergrads found that they had negative feelings and opinions about women who confronted a harasser, particularly if the confrontation was over subtle, rather than overt, harassment.
blythe: In terms of the cost, it seems that norms have to change.
But I think there’s a lot to be reckoned with about how people in liberal circles have thought about and treated Bill because of Bill’s behavior.