I think it’s important to note that harassment is about exerting power and dominance using sexuality as a weapon. It is not about sexual attraction. Weinstein was less an old lech than he was a deeply insecure man who never-the-less had a drive to succeed. Once he had power, he wielded it in reprehensible ways, as so many in power often do, for the purposes of shoring up his fragile ego. If Louis CK simply had the proclivity that he enjoyed women watching him masterbate, he could have easily hired someone for that purpose. Part of the turn-on for him (even if it was subconscious) is that he was exerting power over the female colleagues who looked up to him.

Sorry to go all serious on your satirical piece, but this is a deadly serious subject. Everything from catcalling on the street to “accidentally” brushing a woman’s breast on the subway to summoning someone who wants to work for you to your hotel room — these are all about power and domination. For guys who say, “I don’t know what to do anymore. Is it even OK to flirt?” — examine your motivations. Are you trying to interact with another human being by getting to know her and asking to spend time together or are you pretending you are on some fucked up safari and she is the big game you are hoping to bag? This is the critical difference; motivation is absolutely everything and if you go about your business in the right way, you likely won’t have any problems.

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