This is spot on, Ezinne. I am afraid though, this behavior is not limited to institutions of power. Unless we consider all the other institutions where the ‘slimy goo of sexual dysfunction’ led to abuse (of children, women, and sometimes men) to be institutions of power. Orphanage, boarding school, seminarium, cloister, sport club, the army, and the family. It is an obtrusive malfunction in human organizations, small and big.

The more power, the higher the chance that an attitude of abuse will develop. Power corrupts. Vicious element: the victims are (made) afraid to complain or take action. Another vicious element: the powerful often think they have the right to abuse, given their position. A feminist political scientist branded this as ‘the power of self-evidence’. Worst, in my eyes: when the power (and the inherent inequality) is claimed to be given by a god.

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

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