These are questions that American thought has never asked, not once in its long, dismal, hollow history, from slavery to now, when kids massacre one another at schools. And yet as it went global, the world, greedy, dollars in its shining eyes, forgot to ask, too. Or perhaps told itself it would not have to. But these questions are the truest ones.
We need to start holding prominent individuals accountable for how their inappropriate behavior negatively impacts the careers of their junior colleagues. I’m saying this publicly because whenever I have shared these stories privately with my colleagues, both men and women, they are appalled. It is time for us to be publicly and openly appalled, not just attempting to tactfully deflect inappropriate advances and privately warning other women. We need to remove the power of the “open secret” that these people use to take advantage of their respected positions in our field. We know who these people are, and we should stop tolerating this culture of harassment, or else we become complicit in it.