Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Weaponizing Sexual Assault Allegations Hurts Women

As I stated in my previous post, What Happens When You Disenfranchise Tens Of Millions Of People?, the Brett Kavanaugh circus has very little to do with Kavanaugh or even with Roe v Wade. It is primarily an attempt to retroactively disenfranchise tens of millions of voters that had the audacity to not vote as they were told. I think that 99% of people are missing the bigger picture and think this is just an isolated situation rather than a part of a massive slow moving coup. This is the template for what will happen no matter who the nominee is when Ginsburg dies/retires and that confirmation process will make this look like a kids tea party.

Something else that is troubling about this, as if it wasn't troubling enough, is the way these allegations are morphing into a broader conversation about sexual assault, a "conversation" that mostly consists of scolding and hysterical lecturing from leftist women. Women are coming out of the woodwork and conflating their own allegations of sexual assault with Kavanaugh's accuser. Here is a great example.

Notice the way this unfolds. She was allegedly raped at Yale. Kavanaugh went to Yale. She was groped at a party held by Delta Kappa Epsilon. DKE is Kavanaugh's former fraternity at Yale. She claims that "multiple" friends were raped by members of Kavanaugh's former fraternity and by boys that went to schools similar to him. There was allegedly a "rape basement" in their frat house. Given the reputation of Delta Kappa Epsilon as a place where women are raped and groped and that they even had a "rape basement", it is a wonder that a strong, independent woman like Lizzie Hylton would keep attending parties there, or that any woman would set foot in their frat house. Weird. The point is that this is an insidious attempt at guilt after the fact by association, or maybe before the fact. I am not sure how old Lizzie Hylton is but based on her pictures on Facebook she looks to be in her late 20's maybe early 30's. Anyway if she is 30 that means that she attended Yale from approximately 2006 to 2010 or thereabouts. Kavanaugh graduated from Yale in 1987 and from Yale Law in 1990. So at least 15+ years before she went there. But that doesn't stop her from trying to imply that because she alleges something happened to her in 2006-2010 that Brett Kavanaugh is guilty because he attended the same school and frat almost two decades earlier. Or perhaps it is just the "all men are rapists" fourth-wave feminism. I won't hold my breath waiting for her response because no response is coming....


Nothing says "I am going to smash the patriarchy" like reinforcing the notion that women are emotionally fragile and can't take criticism. Back to my main point.

The argument that "I was a victim of sexual assault so therefore any and all accusations of sexual assault (by a man against a woman) are automatically credible and should be believed" is incredibly harmful to women. Doubly so when it is intermixed with a partisan political brawl. The accusations against Kavanaugh are so flimsy and transparently political that they are easy to dismiss out of hand. But that has a ripple effect. The Left is weaponizing sexual assault for political purposes and this has been going on for a long time. After Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill we were inundated with sexual harassment and much of it was bogus. We saw the early signs of this ploy with Roy Moore. Charges of "misogyny" and talk of "smashing the patriarchy" and "toxic masculinity", complaints of man-splaining and man-spreading, on and on and on, are being leveled by people who benefit enormously from the institutions and laws created by men. But all of it contributes to a poisoning of the relationship between men and women, a relationship that is the most fundamental in humanity and is necessary for the survival of our nation. How can it not impact the way men and women interact if there is a chance that a woman can accuse you of something after three decades and ruining your life? Victor Davis Hanson has a powerful article that addresses this, We Are Living Nineteen Eighty-Four. here is an excerpt.

Again, the ideological trumps the empirical. “All women must be believed” is the testament, and individuals bow to the collective. Except, as in Orwell’s Animal Farm, there are ideological exceptions — such as Bill Clinton, Keith Ellison, Sherrod Brown, and Joe Biden. The slogan of Ford’s psychodrama is “All women must be believed, but some women are more believable than others.” That an assertion becomes fact due to the prevailing ideology and gender of the accuser marks the destruction of our entire system of justice.

Our legal system, and that includes how we make laws and appoint judges, only works when we to the best of our ability base decisions and rulings on evidence and fact. If you are considered more credible because you are a (liberal) woman or if you are considered less credible because I don't like your judicial philosophy, then we are just living in a system of might-makes-right, where the loudest identity group wins.

What is worse is that there are a significant number of people that don't even care if these allegations are true or not. They might be true and that is enough to demand that Kavanaugh be rejected. This has a lot of precedent. Back in the 80's during yet another widely publicized "sexual assault", the Tawana Brawley case, a "legal scholar" named Patricia Lewis said afterward: "(Brawley) has been the victim of some unspeakable crime. No matter how she got there. No matter who did it to her—and even if she did it to herself." So even if none of this happened and she falsely accused four innocent men and did it to herself, she is still a victim of a crime?

Just like hoax "hate crimes", the politicization of sexual assault allegations casts doubt over all accusations. If you can use unprovable assault allegations from three decades ago to derail an eminently qualified nominee to the Supreme Court, why wouldn't you lie about sexual assault for much smaller stakes? The Left doesn't care about the women it hurts, the only thing they care about is the end result.

Our legal and governmental system has many flaws but it is also the model and envy for much of the world. This has gone far beyond simple political gamesmanship and now threatens to tear apart the tenuous threads holding this country and society together. Sexual assault is a serious matter and those who have truly been victimized by it deserve better than to have their anguish used as a partisan political tool by the Left to reverse the results of elections.

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