David Letterman

TV and the rise and (hopefully) fall of patriarchy

TV and the rise and (hopefully) fall of patriarchy

There is an irony that must be noted in television’s playing a leading role in making pariahs out of some of its biggest sexual predators lately, while Washington and much of corporate America drag their heels. TV, after all, has been the principal media teacher of patriarchy since its arrival in American homes after World War II.

And everything we have been seeing since the fall of Bill Cosby and Roger Ailes, including the recent firings of Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer, is about patriarchy and this revolutionary cultural moment we are in.

Since Cosby’s accusers came forward, I have been writing that this oppressive ideology appears at long last to be losing its hold on our...