Love and Power: Three Articles to Read
The best way to be a better writer is to be a prolific reader, and I may even follow that a little too much.
I spend a ton of time reading each week: I subscribe to the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and my local Minneapolis Star Tribune online. I also get a daily email from the reader app Pocket.
Occasionally I want to share with you what I'm reading, and what I think it has to do with the Gospel story of Jesus Christ: his life, death and resurrection - and what the words of Jesus say in today's world.
THREE THINGS TO READ
1) From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories
This incredible piece from the New Yorker documents the long, sordid history of Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein and the insidious ways he used his power and control to sexually assault women: from A-list actresses to young foreign models and waitresses looking for their first big break. Weinstein is twice-married, most recently in 2007 to Marchesa fashion brand co-founder Eve Chilton Weinstein. He has five children.
The most disgusting part of the Weinstein saga for me is this - and there's a lot of disgusting material and fallout to choose from - but Weinstein used power and control to force physical intimacy. For the women he abused and assaulted, he forever marked intimate physical acts with fear, desperation, terror and pain. Never again will they be able to be physically intimate with a loved one without remembering the pain of forced physical intimacy.
We can show love through physical contact: hugging, kissing, cuddling. I cherish all of the above not only with my husband but with my two boys, ages 5 and 2. I'll be sad when they don't want to hug mommy anymore.
Weinstein broke that connection. He did it for greed, for selfishness, for power, for narcissism.
I keep thinking of this Bible verse when it comes to Weinstein: