The Slatest

It Was a Bad Week for Men

Harvey Weinstein.

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A New York Times report detailed allegations that influential movie producer Harvey Weinstein has engaged in sexually predatory behavior toward women for decades.

Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, a vocal opponent of abortion rights, was caught having urged his mistress to have an abortion.

Amid dead-serious crises on pretty much every possible front, the White House chief of staff was forced to spend his time on the urgent task of managing the president’s ego after NBC News reported that the secretary of state had called him a mean name.

A BuzzFeed exposé about Breitbart News alleged that several male writers at ostensibly forward-thinking publications (including one former Slate writer) have secretly sent story ideas to notorious misogynist troll Milo Yiannopoulos. One blogger for Vice’s women’s issues site (!) urged Yiannopoulos to ridicule a particular woman the blogger described as a “fat feminist.”

A Democratic House candidate in New York called sitting Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik a “child” in the process of (semi-)apologizing for previous comments in which he’d called her a “little girl.”

Hanging over all of this is Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock—whose exact motives are still unclear but who appears to have been at the least the kind of “sullen,” hostile male loner whose profile has become all too familiar to Americans in recent decades.

And just minutes ago, the Trump administration issued a rule that will give a number of employers the option of refusing to pay for birth control pills—a rollback of women’s health protections being implemented by the most heavily male Cabinet in 30 years.

It was a bad week for men.