As the number of men in the entertainment industry accused of sexual misconduct endlessly grows, we’re left with the same haunting question: What do we do with all this information — this moment of reckoning? How do we make sure we’re part of the solution, instead of complicit to the problem?
It’s easy to feel paralyzed, powerless, and just plain old tired. That’s okay: the problem is complex, and the path forward is equally complicated.
But total apathy is not an option. There’s work to be done here, and it doesn’t need to cost us more than recognizing our own agency in creating the Hollywood we’d like to see as consumers of the entertainment it produces.
People in positions of power are already stepping up to the plate.
300 women in Hollywood collectively launched the Time’s Up initiative. Women in Film launched a sexual harassment and assault help line (at ( to provide pro bono legal and mental health counsel to survivors. Anita Hill is leading the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which not only focuses on Hollywood but seeks multi-faceted solutions to the worldwide issue of power, parity, and gender.