Camille Duvall-Hero’s Blog
So where do we find ourselves in a post-Weinstein world? Are we in the middle of a happy ending, watching Hollywood’s real villains fall from grace? If this was a movie, I might think so – but we aren’t. It might be cynical, but I honestly fear that if we don’t make a real, concrete change while the metaphorical door is still open, the calls for change will fizzle out in a stream of news headlines and firings. I worry that when the public furor fades and the movement moves on, we might find ourselves back where we started: unaware and complacent. What we forget in the details of a single story is that this is a societal problem. We aren’t up against a few isolated abusers; we’re facing a cultural trend that allows – and conceals – habitual abuse against women and girls. Bringing the crimes of a few to light is a great first step. But if we only bring down abusers after the fact and don’t make a concerted effort to change the culture, we’re only treating the symptoms – not the problem.
We all know the story. A qualified hopeful applies for a head coaching position for a promising women’s athletic team. She’s coached at the college level before, and has the know-how, confidence, and ability to guide the team to its highest potential. Cognitively, she knows that her resume speaks for itself – but as she leaves the interview, she worries. Amidst questions about coaching strategies and past experiences, her interviewers had asked her about her marital status, her family, and her level of confidence. She answered, of course, but the queries left her uneasy. Later, she finds out from a colleague that the position had been awarded to a less qualified male coach with fewer years of experience.
It’s easy to think of environmental conservation as someone else’s problem. We don’t think about the waste we produce over the course of a day, or week – or where it all goes after we turn off the faucet or put out the trash. We assume, in a city of 8.5 million people, that the municipal, state, and federal governments have set to the task of figuring out a way to control urban waste with minimal damage to the waterways we live, play, and drink from.
I’m a firm believer that those with disabilities deserve the same access to opportunities that the non-disabled take for granted. That’s one of the many reasons that I support the work carried out by the Viscardi Center.