Dave Peyton: It’s time for women to take more control

October 11, 2018

It’s been a year since the Me Too Movement opened an ugly chapter of American history, a story of how women were expected to cave into the sexual demands of men.

Important and self-important men were sidelined because of what they demanded of women as the opening salvos of a gender war uncovered the ultimate goal of too many men, which was to satisfy their sexual urges through their twisted demands which they never thought would be exposed because women had always kept those demands secret.

But because many women joined the Me Too Movement and told stories of how they had been sexually molested, even raped, it appeared as if the gender war had begun.

In February, it became clear Trump hangers-on were petrified that women were about to take control of the American culture.

Steve Bannon, a close Trump ally, thinks Oprah Winfrey posed a problem to President Donald Trump.

In the new paperback edition of his book “Devil’s Bargain,” journalist Joshua Green wrote that Bannon, the former Trump campaign chairman and White House chief strategist, “thought Oprah might represent an existential threat to Trump’s presidency if she decided to campaign for Democrats in 2018.”

But Green wrote that Bannon thinks the most powerful backlash to Trump is bigger than Winfrey.

“The anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo ten thousand years of recorded history,” Green quoted Bannon as saying. “You watch. The time has come. Women are gonna take charge of society.”

When I read that, my first reaction was “It cannot come soon enough.”

Yes. That’s right. In my opinion, men have made a total mess of American culture, and it’s time we hand power over to woman to see if they can unravel the chaos my gender has created.

Then came Christine Blasey Ford, who testified that she is “100 percent” sure Brett Kavanaugh attacked her more than three decades ago.

That opened Pandora’s Box even wider as hundreds, if not thousands, of women reported they had been sexually attacked or sexually harassed, but did not report it for one reason or another.

I read reports about many of these incidents on Facebook.

One friend, an entertainer, reported she was playing at a piano bar in Columbus, Ohio, when a man ordered her to date him. She refused. He replied the if she didn’t date him, “I’ll kill you.”

She asked her agent to find her another gig in another town, which he did.

A few years later she decided to seek him out and perhaps report him, but he had died.

It was only one of many stories I read on Facebook. And my female friends told me flatly that most women have been sexually harassed or worse.

Then let the gender war begin and deepen. It’s time women say they’ve had enough and won’t put up with this any longer.

One suggestion on Facebook advised women to take a knee when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played in their midst.

Beyond that, it’s time women scream and complain about what is being done to them in social settings and in the workplace by men who have ruled this culture for centuries.

In other words, it’s time for the big, big changes.

Dave Peyton is on Facebook. His email address is davepeyton@comcast.net.

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