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As powerful men get fired, pulled out of movies, or taken off the air over reports of sexual harassment, media personalities from Oprah on down have started calling this moment a turning point. With so many women coming forward—and so many being believed—surely, they say, something has to change. Or maybe not. Today, I look into why it may be too soon to declare this a watershed moment.                                                                     


In the weeks since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein became public, many mainstream publications have kept a running tally of men accused of sexual misconduct. The New York Times’ list—26 names long, and counting—includes editors, actors, chief executives, news anchors, founders, and Emmy-award-winning stand-up comedians. But no mid-level managers. No parking attendants. No construction workers.

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