In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to discuss misogyny – why do we hate women and why do we allow it to occur?
First a quick update:
**** Charlie Sheen – a misogynist? – Read the transcript of the interview that I gave to a reporter from the NY Daily Mail about Charlie Sheen who was hospitalized after allegedly being high on cocaine, hiring a prostitute and becoming enraged and trashing the suite at the Plaza hotel in New York.
Now, let’s talk about women haters, the origins of misogyny and why we give free passes to misogynists and men who commit acts of violence against women.
Charlie Sheen is a famous actor who has become equally famous for his behavior off-screen and on-screen. He has an extensive resume with drugs, prostitutes, violence against women and run-ins with the law. He pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife, Brooke Mueller last Christmas; Charlie Sheen sat on her, strangled her, and held a knife to her throat on Christmas day. Brooke Mueller, his third wife, told police he had pulled a knife on her and threatened to have her killed; Sheen pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third degree assault. When Charlie Sheen was called to testify in the trial of “Hollywood Madame” Heidi Fleiss, he admitted that he was a frequent customer of Fleiss’ call girl service, spending over 50,000 dollars on the services of prostitutes. And just yesterday, Charlie Sheen was released from hospital after allegedly being high on cocaine, hiring a prostitute and becoming enraged and trashing the suite at the Plaza hotel in New York. No charges were laid.
I told Bill Hutchinson from the NY Daily Mail that Charlie Sheen’s history of mistreating women and patronizing prostitutes are signs of misogyny. When you’re violent toward women that means you have deep-seated rage and anger at women. Further when a man is paying a prostitute, it implies and signifies that he doesn’t respect women; he is lured by his desire for control and power.
But this article is not about Charlie Sheen, it is though, about misogyny. And Charlie Sheen’s behavior is clearly misogynistic. The point is that he continues to get away with it; he was ordered into rehab for assaulting his wife, rather than being sent to jail; CBS renewed his contract for his TV show, “Two and a half men”, paying him 1.7 million dollars an episode.
Meanwhile, while Charlie Sheen continues to be welcomed as the bad boy in society and in Hollywood, Mel Gibson has been cut off – the cast and crew voted against allowing him to appear in film, The Hangover 2. Charlie Sheen was found guilty of assault but there have been no charges against Mel Gibson for allegedly hitting his girlfriend Oksana, and yet, Sheen hasn’t been cut off. Why? Mel Gibson was guilty of making racist remarks and racism is considered a much worse crime, a more evil deed than hitting a woman.