What has happened since?
"Of course this topic should never be conflated with sexual harassment" but that is exactly what the author has done. "Underlying health conditions" are a very important factor in determining how dangerous Covid is to the public. It should be reported with more specificity than what the government currently reports because it matters. I dont have an underlying health condition but I am still mindful of Covid risk. My grandmother does and we are very mindful of the risk to her and she/we take greater measures to protect her. There must be a degree of personal responsibility otherwise we end up rewarding those who take high risks and penalizing those who are prudent. The government should play a role in informing us about the risk factors, not dumbing us down in order to protect those who take higher risks due to their own health from being differentiated. Highlighting the risk of underlying health conditions and expecting people with them to behave differently is nothing like sexual harassment victim shaming. Covid transmission is not a crime. Those with health conditions most likely dont have immediate control over their conditions but usually do have an ability to avoid what clearly is a well known risk. If you are high risk (and know it), are not vaccinated, and still end up in the hospital, well you have to take some personal responsibility for that.
There is a certain hypocrisy when there is no enforcement of existing regulations. However, it begs the question as to why there is a regulation in the first place. When the Northern Beaches was locked down last Christmas, I did not hear a lot of complaining about how 'unfair' it was. The areas of high Covid transmission should suck it up and get vaccinated and stop complaining about people in low Covid areas who are living more normal lives.
@Pop I dont understand. If a woman like Jolie who has maturity, financial resources, PR expertise, brand value, intelligence and eloquence which is on par or even exceeds that of a man such as Pitt, how exactly is she at a disadvantage in terms of her ability to win a PR battle? I wonder if Jolie thinks she is at a disadvantage.
Hard to believe that a mature and successful woman had no inkling what her husband was up to. If she had no idea, its likely she preferred blissful ignorance while enjoying the trappings and benefited from his bullying and predatory behavior. No doubt she was drawn to Weinstein for his charisma, power and wealth - all of the tools he used to prey on women. Was she simply a willing participant? While she should not be punished for his criminal behavior, she shouldn't be given a pass either. Its a shame that she will never know what she would have been without Weinstein's sordid influence.
I never had the impression that Pitt has come out of this public dispute unscathed. Quite the opposite. Jolie has made some fairly general comments suggesting that Pitt has been abusive or violent. She provides no evidence or basis which is a form of character assassination. Such accusations are too serious to casually throw around because he cant defend himself. If she is embroiled in a legal matter than she should keep it to herself. As for Weinstein, Pitt is one of many Hollywood men and woman who looked the other way to further their own interests. Its a shame we all dont have the courage to put our careers on the line to take a stand. How many do? And on what basis? That Jolie was harassed by Weinstein 20 years prior? I never heard Jolie say a word about Weinstein before it came out that he was a predator. Surely she and others in Hollywood were aware of the extent of Weinstein's despicable conduct. Who did she warn? Cate Blanchett? Maybe Pitt was a jerk for not being sensitive to her past experience but that hardly makes him a complete reprobate. Jolie has as much resource at her disposal as Pitt does so suggesting this is some kind of unfair fight defies logic. No, Jolie was born with more assets than 99.9% of all women on this earth - looks, money, intelligence- so any notion that she is disadvantaged is absurd. Maybe Pitt did something inappropriate and does not deserve joint custody. Maybe Jolie thinks the children are 'hers' and it his her right to care for them. Let the judge decide based on the facts. Making public (or private) statements about how awful her former partner was (after the fact) may be good for her image but it cant possibly be good for her children.
The guy is nuts and has anger management problems. He should see a doctor. Most women wouldnt put up with nearly as much as you did.
This sounds one-sided. When you say you fell out of love, did you communicate this while it was happening? You said it happened a long time ago so why was it such a shock to him in August? It sounds like he was surprised by all of this and still has not recovered from the trauma. Sounds like he was deeply attached to you but how can it be if you were not in love with him for ages? The Parenting Marriage sounds convenient for you. You get to pretend that you are keeping your family together and dont have to face the uncertainty and loneliness of living on your own. He sounds like he is still attached to you and will agree to anything to keep you around. No doubt as soon as you find a replacement, you will be out the door. Your comments about his mental state and physical issues are callous. You may not love him but you are still a family. Did he do anything to hurt you other than being sad? Show some integrity and move out and be nice to him. He is clearly going through a hard time and will react with sadness and anger. That would be better for your children than the current arrangement.
What about honesty? Why can't a couple married for many years just say "I'm not happy with our relationship right now. We need to do something." I found out my wife of 15 years was unhappy only after she stopped coming home over a month. I thought she was busy at work and was supportive of her. I found out later she was in some kind of relationship with her boss and was spending more time with him than me. She never said anything until I begged her to tell me what was going on. She probably did not want to hurt me or couldn't cope with her own feelings but at 45, I think sending smoke signals to your partner about this stuff is immature and destructive. Once you've hidden your feelings or activities for so long, it's hard to come back to a healthy relationship. If you are unhappy, just tell him or her directly. If the person responds constructively, then great. If not, then at least you tried and can move on.