You must be living on the dark side of the moon if you haven’t heard, in one way or another, of the accusations leveled against the comedian, the Dad in a Cardigan, Bill Cosby. Just as so many people, over so many years, in all areas of society – but especially in those of law enforcement, politics and show business – have been keeping the story out of public view. Or is it something else that has happened over the decades?
Could it be that, even now, the allegations of at least thirty-five women claiming sexual assault or rape have less weight in our society than the word of one man, even when he admits having used drugs to assist his sexual advances?
How much does it take before we, as a modern, enlightened society get to see just how women – and not just women – are pushed down to a lower ‘equal rights’ level than some men simply because of their position in the public arena.
For me, the most moving part of the image published by New York Magazine on its front cover – although the entire photographic collage is more than moving – is that empty chair: the chances are it could be filled by someone, someone no longer alive who will never gain justice, or someone who cannot, for many reasons, come forward and state their name, their experiences.
- Viktoria Michaelis.