We can not fall into the law of the tie. While some women commit abuse to men and even to other women, this is not customary or extensive. It is simply a matter of seeing the number of street obstacles, abuse of power and sexual abuse of women.
A few days ago it was revealed that Asia Argento, leader of the # MeToo movement, would have paid a considerable amount of dollars to make a complaint about sexual harassment of Jimmy Bennet, a young actor who by Argento when he was only 17 years old. was old, to be silent. The first reaction, of course obvious, is shocked by the contradiction of Argento who – remember – was one of the complainants of Harvey Weinstein.
However, there are more delicate analyzes that must be mentioned. First, feminists know that sexual harassment and abuse are related to power. It is the vertical and heteronormal structure of power that generates abuse every day. In this case, women who arrive at places of power and who do not transform can easily end up in these practices. It is for these reasons that the call is to build safe spaces, more horizontal and less violent. Without these new constructions, feminist progress will be curtailed by all its flanks.
The constitution of machismo is so deeply rooted in our societies that we, women, have to think about our own macho practices. Here there is no time to explain supposed ideological purities. No, they do not exist. We are all part of a very hierarchical society that discriminates on a daily basis. And we can also perpetuate at the same time that we can undergo this structure. This is the case of Argento. On the one hand it fights against violence, but it also fights. A scandalous contradiction, but that is common in the history of mankind. As Plautus remarked in the year 200 BC, "man is a wolf to man."
Nevertheless, a second point to consider is that we can not fall into the law of the tie. While some women commit abuse to men and even to other women, this is not customary or extensive. It is simply a matter of seeing the number of street obstacles, abuse of power and sexual abuse of women. It is a question of looking at the number of strokes, assault and murders of women. The number is horribly high. Taking this into account, Argento's case, more than revealing symbolic contradictions, is an opportunity to reflect on the specific places and situations that allow abuse and, as feminists, allows us to change those structures.
The sexual harassment by Asia Argento must be reproached transversally. We must demand justice for everyone. As well as demanding justice for Argento himself who was raped by Harvey Weinstein. She must be in charge of her own contradictions and we of ours. Meanwhile, we must continue to promote the struggle for a less violent society aimed at the main victims of these issues: women, the LGBTQ community, indigenous people, people of African descent, and so on. There is no time to lose focus.