Well, duh. Harvey Weinstein. What do you expect? But I claim that the Harvey Whinestein thing is more about power than maleness. You know, power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely?
I was at a gas station in Fruita, Colorado, desperate to pee. The men’s bathroom was closed for cleaning but I went in anyway. The woman who was cleaning told me to leave, but as I said, I was desperate to pee. So I went into a stall, locked the door, and peed.
When I got out the cleaning woman had called her manager who berated me for using the bathroom while the cleaner was in it. I asked what the big deal was because I was using the stall so there was no chance the cleaning woman could see me. She reiterated that I shouldn’t have used the bathroom while the cleaner was there. So I asked if she would have preferred me to use the women’s bathroom. She simply reiterated that I should not have gone in.
Contrast this to the lounge at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. When I went to pee, there were two women diligently cleaning the mens’ bathroom, keeping the mirrors clean and the stalls spotless. Men were using the urinals and no one batted an eyelid. It was just business as usual.
Or at Barcelona airport where one of the men’s bathrooms was closed so men simply lined up with the women to use the women’s bathroom. No one cared.
But I don’t really know if it’s about women distrusting men, or just about America’s rather puritanical attitude towards sex in general.