Society

Every Man Isn’t Matt Gaetz

And being female doesn’t automatically make women victims

Photo by Adam Cybulski on Unsplash

If you haven’t heard, 38-year-old U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, is under investigation for the possible underage sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl who he took across state lines, and a slew of other sexual conduct related charges.

Gaetz inappropriately refers to the 17-year-old as a woman. If he continues to use the word “woman,” people will indirectly forget that by law and morally, she was a child when the alleged offense occurred.

The most notable thing about this event?

It made claims of sexual harassment against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) disappear from media headlines. What happened to that poor woman, and another and wait, what? Ten women have come forward as of March 29.

We’re so quick to drop one scandal in outrage about the next, but that action isn’t effective. Both jack-offs are still serving in office, and as far as justice? Cuomo might burn at the stake, but it’ll get Gaetz re-elected.

It has nothing to do with misconduct and everything to do with politics. The Democratic Party is speaking out and riding Cuomo’s ass while the GOP worships Gaetz.

As always, the American people have taken to Twitter but here’s what they’re most outraged about — The Republican Party hasn’t said a peep about the Department of Justice investigation or the alligations against Gaetz — and GOP elected officials aren’t calling for his resignation.

Are we really shocked by this, people? At this stage of the game, really? It’s par for the course.

The pro-life party who stands behind Donald Trump, a man whose actions ultimately cost people their lives, doesn’t intend to acknowledge or accept any wrong doing by Gaetz. If you think they’re going to speak out against prostitution, pornography, or sex trafficking by one of their own, you’ve set your expectations way too high.

Cult 45 is defending Gaetz. They’ll protect him.

But what’s our role? What are we doing to force change? What example are we setting?

Sexual misconduct has been around as long as sex has. The most prominent throughout my lifetime have been within politics, universities and churches.

Right now, according to Twitterverse, every man is Matt Gaetz, and every woman is a victim. We’re defeatists sending a dangerous message.

Declaring all men predators and deeming all women defenseless isn’t a resolution — or justice. It’s acceptance. In fact, it’s normalizing the behavior. It perpetuates the cycle. We’re part of the problem. We’ve desensitized our culture. Violating crimes against others has become a rampant part of American culture.

Remember back in the day before the worldwide web when stories broke of incidents and we felt genuine shock? They glued us to the end of our chairs, TV screens in our faces while watching the Alive at 5 reporter interview witnesses, hanging on every word.

I remember our disbelief fading with the headlines. Now, it’s even worse.

In the 21st century, we’ve made violating others commonplace and trendy. It shouldn’t be funny, yet Gaetz’s, and his behavior are the butt of social media jokes. Instead of sending a unified message that the American people will not tolerate it, we’re generating memes. We had no problem throwing Cuomo under the bus.

Neither Cuomo nor Gaetz are likely to resign of their own will. They both deny accusations. Gaetz has claimed he’s the victim.

Meanwhile, our 280 character commentary while vying for the title of “Win the Internet,” won’t solve any real-world problems, it won’t put an end to sex scandals and it certainly isn’t justice for the victims.

Maybe if we took sexual misconduct more seriously, there would be more serious consequences.

I blog to stay sane.

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