Big Magilla wrote:
As I've said before, there's a witch hunt going on that will take the innocent with the guilty.
Which is a pity, of course - sexual harassment IS a serious theme, and should be exposed and condemned (condemned by a judge in a trial, hopefully, rather than by hysterical newspapers and websites, but still condemned). But when you read some of these tales, you realize that it could quickly become a farce. Because if EVERYTHING is sexual harassment - including a bad joke, or a glance in a badly-taken photo - then NOTHING is sexual harassment: the result is avoiding or belittling the problem, rather than solving it. This was my warning, days ago - but while some perfectly understood what I meant, the sexophobes here chose to attack me; in their fanatic puritanism, they hated me because, I think, deep inside, they felt I was depriving them of a secret, long-repressed, satisfaction. It's The Scarlet Letter all over again - that American masterpiece is still so relevant today, so subtle in its portrayal of hypocrisy and repression.
I have been patient - I knew and still know that I was right. I have never liked public burnings at the stake - they are too easy a solution. What's happening now (I mean, have you read that woman's story from 2010?!) is a sign that a dangerous climate is developing, and I don't like it. Oh, this Democratic politician may turn out to be a monster in the future, I have no idea - but what I see now, as Big Magilla says, is closer to witch hunting than to a balanced analysis. And things could get worse - not for him maybe, but for others.
The sexophobes here didn't have their own stories (they are so distant from real life - how could they?) so, interestingly, they used other members' true and painful stories (mostly of abuse they suffered when they were children) against me - as if I was justifying their molesters. Absurd - but this is, sadly the way it works. THOSE were - I am sure - real and terrible stories. But other stories are different. Less honest, sometimes.
We have all been young. We have all made mistakes. We have all made tastleless jokes, or done things which, while absolutely innocent, could be looked at with malice and used against us. This is the dark side of all this. And when this dark side takes over, all the good efforts - of women who are REALLY victims, and have found the strength to speak openly - will be considerably damaged, and become less effective.