I have taught at universities in the US, the UK, Germany and China and I have published in numerous academic journals. I was active in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s demanding equal rights for Blacks. NOW I SUPPORT CIVIL RIGHTS AND DEMAND EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL CITIZENS, INCLUDING WHITES AND MEN.
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Friday's broadcast of HBO'S 'Real Time,' host Bill Maher declared:
discussing the allegations against Alabama Republican Senate nominee
Judge Roy Moore during his opening monologue, Maher said, 'I've got
to defend my tribe here a little bit, liberals vs. conservatives.
Because certainly, sexual harassment is absolutely the one thing we
see now is totally, truly bipartisan, maybe the last thing that is.
But no liberal defended Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey, who might
be going to jail. Anthony Weiner is in jail. Louis CK, we hear,
this week, did horrific things. Compare that to Trump and Roy Moore.
We arrest our alleged rapists. They elect them.”(This item is
by Ian Hanchett, posted on Breitbart 10 Nov. 2017)
did something illegal and was convicted in court. That is why he is
in jail. What did Trump do? Or even Judge Moore? What has been
proved? Indeed, what did Bill Maher write when Bill Clinton was
his 1996 book Does Anybody Have a Problem with That?, Maher
titles a short chapter “[Bill] Clinton Should Sleep Around.”:
far, Bill Clinton has been a big disappointment to me,...You see, …,I
was sure we were finally getting a good old-fashioned, screwing
around Kennedy Democrat in the White House – and wouldn't that be
better? It would be in the eyes of all men out there, if they're
honest with themselves.
to us men, the president isn't just the president, he's the tribal
chieftain. He's the warrior with the greatest prowess, the longest
spear, and as our chieftain, we look up to him to live beyond the
strictures of normal man, as chieftains do. 'Bathe her and bring her
to my tent' – that's what power is all about. All the men in
America didn't agree with John F. Kennedy's politics, but they all
respected him as a cocksman...
please don't think it's infidelity itself that we admire, but the man
is the president,...,and if he can't get some decent tail, what hope
is there for the rest of us?(p.21)
to mention that many foreign leaders simply won't respect a president
who isn't getting something on the side. We look at the world
through American eyes, but in Latin America, to say nothing of Italy,
if your president doesn't have a scandal, it's a scandal.”(22)
was Bill Maher in a monologue that first aired 8 August 1993, in the
first months of Bill Clinton's residency. Of course, Bill did sleep
around, and more famously, stood in the Oval Office while intern
Monica Lewinsky serviced him. True, Bill in his testimony swore he
did not have sexual relations with that woman; and that lie was
sufficient to get Clinton impeached, but insufficient to get him
convicted and ousted from the White House.
2017, Maher seems to be reversing his earlier view. Today, we are in
the midst of a wave to expose sexual predators. Each day's news
contains new names of gropers, nudists showing all before before an
unappreciative audience of one, masterbaters performing before
shocked and disgusted guests, deep throat kissers, propositioners all
aimed at ensnaring an attractive young lady (or in a few cases, a
lad). Each day prominent names are besmirched with tantalizing
accusations, men of power are apologizing, yet still being fired.
Familiar names from Hollywood, TV, films, and now a Democratic
Senator, and a Democratic Congressman, smeared with dirt. So,
despite Maher's assertion of early November 2017, Democrats do elect
alleged sexual predators. But in 1993 that is precisely why Maher
was praising the Democrats – he wanted another John Kennedy,
another cocksman in the White House. And how many times was Ted
Kennedy, the “Lion of the Senate,” re-elected? Ted not only had
a reputation as a player, he was also known as a poor swimmer. Only
the meanest fanatics would criticize him for choosing his political
career over collateral damage left in a sunken automobile.
the early 1960s at university I wrote my MA thesis on the Scottsboro
rape case, which began in Alabama in 1931. After the first trials, 8
young Blacks were sentenced to death, and the 14-year-old, to life
imprisonment based on the testimony of 2 young white women. The
cases went up and down to the US Supreme Court twice, and there was
huge international interest and protest about the case, as the main
defense team was led by the Communist front International Labor
Defense. (Interestingly, the 2 leaders of the Scottsboro Defence
Committee in the UK in the late 1930s were American Paul Robeson and
Johnstone Kenyatta. Johnstone later became better known as Jomo, the
leader of the Mau Mau uprising in his native Kenya. His son, Uhuru,
was just reelected Kenyan President.) There were years of litigation
about Scottsboro, and finally an illogical compromise. None of the 9
were executed, and some got out sooner than others. When one reads
about the case, it seems clear that the women initially lied about
the rape. At the 2nd trial, one of the women repudiated her earlier claims and testified
there was no rape. To me, and to most who study the case, it appears that the women lied about the rape. Women do make up stories.
the Senate hearings to confirm Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas,
National Public Radio reporter Nina Totenberg assured her radio
audience, women do not make up stories. In effect, Anita Hill must
be telling the truth. I thought, what BS! Thomas called the
hearings a “legal lynching,” the identical phrase used by the
Left of the 1930s to condemn the Alabama legal proceedings. If Hill
had been so harassed, why had she followed Thomas to another job?
Despite the feminist assault on the character of Thomas, he was
confirmed and is still a Justice on the US Supreme Court.
feminists did not give up. They continued their assault on the
American judicial system, and many states enacted rape-shield laws.
They vary from state to state, and they do not shield from rape.
After an alleged rape, and the accused is found, his name can be
publicized, but the woman's name is not disclosed to the public. The
feminists contend that just exposing her name would expose her to
ridicule and further humiliation. The alleged rapist should be
humiliated by the media. But what if he is innocent? What if she
has made false claims against him and others in the past? Is there
any proof to support her claim. And to make the charges of rape
after 40 years, as the woman has done in the case against Judge Moore
in Alabama, how does she prove he did it? And after 40 years, how
does Moore prove himself innocent? In cases where the rape-shield
laws prevent publication of the woman's name, publicizing the man's
name may encourage many women to come forth with similar charges
against him, especially if he has money and they may get some. If
her name were also in the media, one might learn more about her
possibly unsavory, or criminal past that places her charges in a
different perspective. I am a staunch opponent of feminist inspired
rape-shield laws. And as bad as they are on the state level, they
are far worse on many university campuses. There, the man may have
no right to confront his accuser. Essential rights of the defendant
have disappeared under feminist pressure, so the scales of justice on
campus may be tilted overwhelmingly against the accused male.
me state clearly, rape is a crime and should be punished. But in the
Alabama Senate race, the allegations against Republican Judge Moore
are often flimsy to begin with – he was in his 30s dating teen-age
girls. But some say the girls were 18 or 19 at the time. Is that a
crime? Many men marry women a decade or two younger than they. Some
men wait till they have accumulated more capital before marrying, and
that can take time. Different is the allegation of the woman who
speaks of an incident when she was 14. But why was she silent for 40
years? If in the year 2033 Monica Lewinsky were to first claim that
she and Bill Clinton had it on in the Oval Office, many would rightly
be skeptical. Moore is innocent until proved guilty. What is the
proof by the woman? The burden of proof is and should be on her.
much as I disagree with Judge Moore on gay rights and the 10
Commandments on public property, I view the Washington Post
“expose” as a Democratic ploy to smear Moore. Worse, these
Alabama political inspired accusations have sparked a witch hunt.
Soon, if a TV emcee hugs a contestant who just won a prize, that may
become grounds for a lawsuit and a firing. A man placing his arm
round the shoulder of a woman to protect her from the cold, might
come to mean sexual harassment or even pre-rape. To ask a woman out
on a date; she declines. Perseverance, men were once taught. He
asks again. Now, that might constitute harassment or even stalking.
Have the man registered as a sex offender for asking for a date! We
are entering a period of the witch hunt, often led by women who
Lansbury got flack by stating that some of the blame belonged on the
women who dressed inappropriately. I think the issue is more
complex. I think that both men and women should go after what they
want. And both have the right to reject what the do not want.
back to Hollywood and Weinstein. I suspect that many a starlet who
first enters a film studio wants to ask, “Where is the casting
couch?” And male actors too. They are young, beautiful, and want
to get in the films while they look good, and the couch may be the
fastest track to stardom. Is this only Hollywood and the rich? No
way. This is universal. I just read a book that includes an
incident from Mao's Cultural Revolution. A naive young city gal is
forced to move to the countryside and live among the peasants; she
learns that one way to get lighter work-loads and a trip to the city
is to “befriend” a party leader. She did not, she was not raped,
but she received no privileges. I suspect this is a common feature
throughout history and throughout the world.
how can the woman show whom she is interested in? Here Lansbury's
remark about clothing is important. For the woman in the West, how
much do you reveal? And to whom. In public, it is hard to cover,
open, cover, to each person. But charm can be used to entice the
ones you want, a look of disgust to dissuade others.
in the West often used touch, sometimes protectively, for many women,
and a little more caressingly for the special ones. Is this now to
be a crime of harassment? To ask for a date – harassment? A 2nd
time, stalking? To look too closely at the breast, pervert? A word
about how good she looks, harassment, sexist, etc.
must stop the march of the feminists and their attempts to build
walls between men and women. America is now engaged in a witch hunt,
a hunt led by the witches.