For  years, many of us who either subscribed to People’s magazine or glanced at it while waiting for our groceries to be checked through had no problem understanding how fast and loose the Hollywood culture really is. Directors, actors and actresses, and investors all involved in a game of easy, sleep-around, one-night-fling sex. What was the evidence, or gossip in this case? High divorce rates, paternity suits, sexually transmitted diseases, just to name a few, but since many of these outcomes were not real proof of anything illegal other than what is distilled from a civil action, the salacious was what we were left with. Then came the ‘shocking’ revelations, accusations, and innuendos in the summer of 2017, when a number of fair-minded women in high places, including Hollywood and corporate America, decided to blow the whistle on sexual misconduct in the workplace. As their stories bear witness to, all of them were victims of groping, rape, lewdness, and disrespect over a number of years. While some were able to fight back and keep their self-respect, many became victims of what can only be described as the ultimate in emotional and physical exploitation. Understandably, many of these women were vulnerable because their career hung in the balance.  It is amazing that social media, with sites like “Me Too’, took so long to initiate a campaign to address this problem on a larger scale than that found in the movie and entertainment industry.  In the traditional end of journalism  a lot of the reporting on this subject was originally initiated by one reporter, with the help of the New Yorker, investigating a litany of high-profile complaints.  While many of these concerns were first directed at Harvey Weinstein, a reportedly very powerful Hollywood director and studio owner, the incriminations against other big names in the business are mounting: nobody of any note appears to be safe. The lid on this cauldron has finally been lifted and what emanates from its lubricious depths is nothing short of abhorrent. What we have is a consistent record of evil entitlement that allows grown men of power and distinction to flaunt propriety, the law, and the feelings of others in the pursuit of sexual favors. Money, fame, and ambition have conspired in the minds of some to grant them the unchallenged right to control other people’s bodies. How cruel and utterly wrong!  And then to resort to emotional, physical and criminal blackmail to insure the silence of their victims. Shame on the press of the Kennedy era for allowing JFK to get away with his repeated sexual exploitation of interns in the White House. The power component of life is such a dominant force in deciding what gets done in society these day – good or evil – that it is often impossible to discern who are the real beneficiaries and victims in its intent. The popular culture or perception of the day is often sufficient to cast a veil of acceptability over the private actions of celebrities that might otherwise revolt us if we only knew. Well, now we know and we need to condemn any actions that try to justify very bad, especially criminal, behavior, even if there is the remotest suggestion of a come-on from the other side. In the end, the misuse and abuse of power trumps everything as the most deadly tool for getting one’s own way with others.