As a woman who was basically raised by a man, I have some mixed feelings about the recent parade of women coming forward to tell their stories.
In the case of Weinstein, that’s classic harassment/assault - a man in a position to make or break your entire career leverages that position of power to get his rocks off.
Louis CK seems like he’s got a psychological problem - he’s a compulsive masturbator …
Roy Moore, well, I think that’s a different animal. He’s an alleged kiddie fucker. That, I think, merits a different perspective - it’s own category.
Al Franken, to this point at least, seems to have been acting like a douchebag frat boy. To his credit, he admitted it, at least in the case of Tweeden. We’ll see what happens with the other(s).
But when I hear stories about women going to pieces when 92 yo wheelchair-bound, senile, George H W Bush grabs their butt, I get a little annoyed. We are striving to be regarded as strong, independent women, but we can’t handle getting our tush grabbed by a mush-brained nonagenarian in a wheelchair and a diaper? Come on, ladies …
I’ve been groped, grabbed, flashed, etc. since I was a teen. Sometimes it’s obviously meant to be a joke, sometimes it’s creepy but harmless, and sometimes it’s scary. Context matters.
If we must re-litigate Bill Clinton 20 years later or if we can’t afford to ignore Franken’s 2 accusers (He admitted & apologized to one who accepted it. You can’t be more outraged than the victim), then we can’t afford to ignore the 16 women who came forward accusing Trump.
I put Moore into a different category. He’s accused of pedophilia. He shouldn’t be compared to the others.
Which brings me to reiterate my most important point, when we talk about these things, context matters. Al Franken isn’t Roy Moore and shouldn’t be treated as such …