Tag: MeToo

Can You Help? I’m Confused About Transgender and Women’s Rights

 

As a lawyer, I try to understand the arguments for the “other side” regardless of whether I might agree with them. Being able to argue my opponent’s position sometimes reveals opportunities for agreement or settlement, and highlights weaknesses in my own position that I may need to shore up.

But I’m having trouble with recent developments in the “transgender” rights, specifically the court in Canada that is considering whether to require female employees of a grooming salon to view and to handle the private parts of a man who apparently wants to pretend he is a woman, and the US “Equality” Act that has been passed by the House of Representatives that would require women and girls to be exposed to men in women’s spaces such as restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, and showers.

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The Tragedy of Andy Signore, or Don’t #believewomen, Instead #believeevidence

 

My favorite movie-parody YouTube channel is How it Should Have Ended, but a close second is Honest Trailers, formerly published under the Screen Junkies banner (now Fandom Entertainment). I’ve been watching it for years. One of the founding figures of the channel, Andy Signore, was fired by Defy Media (which owned Screen Junkies) in October 2017 over accusations of sexual misconduct. A woman by the name of April Dawn had publicly accused him of luring her to a hotel room, trying to force himself on her, taking pictures of her without her consent, and other misdeeds. Several fans had also shared flirtatious messages he had sent them on social media.

I remember when this all went down, and the video that the Screen Junkies crew posted in the aftermath of his firing. These were colleagues of Andy, whom I’d watched interact and laugh with him on many videos in the past. They basically threw Andy under the bus. I don’t recall them really piling on him, but I don’t recall any of them questioning the accusations or standing up for him. They all seemed to be operating under the presumption that he was guilty.

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Martin Luther King Jr. has just been #MeToo-ed and it may be close to a Cosby level hit. Or is it? Please look to the original story in Standpoint Magazine, “The Troubling Legacy of Martin Luther King,” for your own assessment of the merits. What follows is a brief consideration of the MLK case, compared […]

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Average White Man Podcast

 

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club political podcast for May 29, 2019. It is the Average White Man edition of the show with your well above average white men hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week’s edition, number 226 (!!!!), features tales of white men and black men, heroism and infamy, glory and shame.

First, the race within the race: research shows that the Democrats would prefer a female to a male presidential candidate, a person of color to a caucasian. So why then are the leading Dem candidates average white (old) males? We discuss.

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Game of Thrones put out one of it’s best episodes ever last night examining how most of the characters spent the night before a battle that would most likely be their last. One of the main highlights was Arya and Gendry finally getting it on. After getting over the shock of seeing Arya – who […]

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Biden and the Problem of Touch

 

If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
— William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 5

Joe Biden’s explanatory video in response to stories of his sometimes overly exuberant physicality was well-played. He seemed relaxed, sincere, unscripted, and above all, not supine.

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If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know . . . is that J.D. Salinger—once a revered man of American letters— turned 100 on New Year’s Day, albeit from the afterlife. Salinger had taken criticism over a period of many years, largely as a result of disclosures […]

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Musings of a Third-Generation Wagon Circler

 

Writing here at Ricochet last week, @KateBraestrup expressed her opinion that “even without the sixfold imprimatur of the FBI, it would be virtually impossible to make a circle of wagons tight enough to conceal the kind of lurid behavior that Kavanaugh has been accused of.” She continued: “It’s not that it doesn’t exist; rather, when it exists, people know about it. Louche, lascivious or predatory men (alcoholic or otherwise) over time become well-known for being so.” While I’m relieved Kavanaugh has been confirmed, and I dreaded the precedent that would have been set if he had not have been, I can’t agree that men’s wagon circles are virtually never this tight. I know because I’m part of more than one man’s wagon circle, as was my mother, and her mother before her. Three generations of conservative American women, all three with little inclination to laugh off predatory behavior as just “boys being boys” — and all three with just as little inclination to name and shame men for having stories like those alleged about Kavanaugh in their past.

Men become notorious for sexual predation by persisting in it for long periods of time, especially if they become shameless about it. One reason we caution youth to postpone sex is because immature sexual misadventures are often exploitative. As Mark Regnerus has documented in his books Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying and Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers, boys usually find it considerably easier than girls do to self-servingly and callously rationalize their “conquests,” even when they’ve had the moral formation to know better. Thank God that boys who should know better and don’t often mature into men who know better and do! Thank God that not everyone who has committed a sexual wrong in his past persists in that sort of misbehavior.

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A Letter to Congresswoman Martha McSally

 

Dear Congresswoman McSally,

You are stuck a month out, unable to persuade about 10 percent of Arizona voters to commit, but you can overcome this reticence, if you regain your military career courage and move past the professional political advisors’ caution. The weight holding you down is the recent history of the past two Republican Senators. You must show, not say, show by burning bridges, that you are no Flake, and that you will never stick your thumb in the eye of the voters, as Sen. McCain did with the Obamacare vote.

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#MeToo – Why Aren’t I Traumatized?

 

Is there anybody who doesn’t have a #MeToo story of some greater or lesser degree of severity/significance? The Kavanaugh circus – the latest drama in what’s been dubbed the #MeToo moment – has got me thinking about it for a number of reasons.

First, I’m just the guy’s (Kavanaugh’s) vintage and I can relate to life as a late teen/young man in the early/mid 80s. There’s been a lot of talk about that, as though Porky’s, Revenge of the Nerds, and Sixteen Candles were the lived experience of every high school or college aged guy alive at the time.

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#MeToo Jumps the Shark

 

As the unhinged left so often does, they are setting a precedent which will, sooner or later, either backfire or inflict collateral damage far in excess of whatever gains they make.

Their petulant insistence that the so-called “nuclear option” be used to change the Senate confirmation process ended up costing them control of new Supreme Court justices, as sensible people assured them it would. Now, in their desperation and largely thanks to that poor decision of a Democratic Senate, they are generating a flurry of dubious and increasingly preposterous claims about long-ago misconduct leveled at a man against whose character no credible criticism has ever been made. Women will disproportionately bear the cost of the left’s debauched tactics.

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Senator Diane Feinstein and Christine Blasey Ford have direct responsibility for the trauma, abuse and harm that will follow Brett Kavanaugh and his family from now on. They have perpetrated a malicious character assassination attempt that will do a lot of direct and collateral damage to people and to institutions of this Republic. They did […]

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Then I Joined the Case … Now I’m An Abuser!

 

I’m going to begin with a confession. I’m an abuser of women.

In the Spring of 1979, my law enforcement fraternity went to a national conference in Sacramento. At the pool party after, one of my fraternity Brothers picked up one of my fraternity Sisters and threw her in the pool. (Yes, there were women in my chapter. It was an academic fraternity.) While he was carrying her, I tickled her feet, even though, or maybe because, I knew she didn’t like to have her feet touched.

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Kavanaugh in the #MeToo Era

 

In the wake of the revelation of Christine Blasey Ford’s identity, some have suggested that her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh will be handled more sensitively than such accusations once were thanks to the #MeToo movement. That may turn out to be true, but only if at least one other woman comes forward with similar charges.

#MeToo gave courage to women, and some men, to speak up about sexual harassment and abuse. It helped to clarify that gross sexual misconduct is not a perk of power. It revived a sense of shame. Whereas for too long, many women felt powerless in the face of this abuse, the movement offered strength in numbers. Once one victim of a brutish man found her voice, others summoned the courage to come forward.

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Norm MacDonald, #MeToo, and the Fatal Flaw in the New Morality

 

Twitter is a cesspool. As if we needed more evidence, legendary comedian and acclaimed author Norm MacDonald was targeted for saying words to a reporter that a microscopic minority of humorless scolds didn’t care for. That’s all the pretext needed to subject a person, famous or not, to Twitter’s two-hour hate.

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed MacDonald on Tuesday to preview his upcoming Netflix show. The affable Canadian politely spoke his mind. For better or worse, his mind works differently than the rest of ours, which is one of the reasons he’s so funny.

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The Daily Wire A new report states that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s campaign received $25,000 from the law firm whose attorney, David Boies, represented Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein; that occurred at roughly the same time Cuomo stopped an investigation into how Weinstein’s case was handled. More

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The Most Powerful Woman in the World Is a Man

 

The #MeToo movement may be on the verge of claiming its biggest scalp to date. On Friday, The New Yorker published allegations of misconduct against the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, Les Moonves.

Unlike Harvey Weinstein’s company, CBS is a publicly traded behemoth. Moonves has led CBS to huge profits, $13.7B in revenue in 2017 and healthy 4 percent increase from the previous year. People like having Moonves where he is, atop the television network with the most viewers in the nation. So it will be interesting to see where this leads. According to the article, Moonves’ egregious behavior spanned from the 1980s to the late 2000s. Perhaps he learned the lessons of the Clinton years well, lessons that the American Left is only now beginning to regret.

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Is Eric Greitens the 2018 Version of Ted Stevens 2008? Another False Political Prosecution?

 

The day after Memorial Day, we learned that Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has stepped down “[a]fter months fighting a growing sex and corruption scandal, and his own party leaders calling for his resignation.” This news, and the reporting around it, should be treated with some skepticism. As a reminder, Senator Ted Stevens was falsely prosecuted and convicted, with Senator McCain and Governor Palin demanding his resignation, a week before the 2008 election.

Senator Stevens was prosecuted, by career prosecutors, during President George W. Bush’s administration. After the politically useful damage had been done, replacing a senior Republican Senator with a junior Democrat, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan not only overturned the conviction, but also took the extraordinary step of ordering the federal prosecutors, involved in the case, be investigated.

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