Harvey Weinstein, Male Feminist

Well here’s a story that’s about as surprising as the sunrise this morning:

After the New York Times belatedly broke the news of Weinstein’s predatory behavior, the rest of the dam of silence has begun to collapse. At least three women, two of which went on the record, now accuse Weinstein of rape, while dozens of others have come forward to discuss being victimized by varying degrees of sexual assault.

Let’s put this through what I’ll call the Wonkette Rape Matrix of male feminism:

A) Is the man a in question accused of rape?

Yes.

B) Is the man in question a powerful Democrat?

Yes.

Now, we have a dilemma on our hands, or perhaps a contradiction in terms. A powerful Democrat cannot, by definition, be really guilty of rape. That being said, if a woman accuses a man of rape, he must be guilty and cannot possibly be a good feminist. Let us turn back to Rebecca Schoenkopf for clarification:

I can absolutely see Bill Clinton doing this (then, not now) and not even thinking of it as rape, but thinking of it as dominant, alpha sex. I can see a LOT of men doing that during that time period, before we started telling them in the ’80s, “hey, that is rape, do not do that.” I can see YOUR NICE GRANDPA doing that, back then.

So, because a powerful Democrat once raped a woman and didn’t really think of it as rape, it wasn’t really “rape rape,” to use Whoopie Goldberg’s phrase. Moreover, that must mean that all men did this in those long ago 1970s. Hell, the 70s might as well have been 2005, right?

To sum up, I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.

You see, all it takes is one female feminist (read: Democrat) to forgive the male feminist in order for him to maintain his feminist credentials; it doesn’t even have to be the woman he raped. Jesus said that. It’s somewhere in the Bible: “Verily, he who is forgiven has to be really really sorry. He doesn’t have to stop doing that shit, and he doesn’t even have to believe in Me” (Gospel According to Andrea 66:6).

Now all we need is one feminist to lay hands on Harvey Weinstein (not in that way, you weirdo) and he will remain a male feminist in good standing.

Hillary, we’re looking at you.

Update: Hillary Clinton sort of releases a sort of statement:

“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Clinton said in the statement. “The behavior described by the women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

Notice that she doesn’t actually say anything about Harvey Weinstein in this bit of meandering Clintonism. This may be a job for a real feminist: Meryl Streep.

Update 2: Vox Day is more optimistic than I am. From a post entitled “The fat pig is toast”:

What a joke. This loser is not at all powerful, he’s overtly and observably pathetic. Just listen to the pig whine and beg. The sickness of any industry that would allow this sort of disgusting creature to have any influence at all is an indication that it should be burned to the ground.

Well, I don’t disagree with the sentiment.

Remember When Wonkette Excused Rape?

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein kerfuffle, I’ve been halfheartedly trying to get people to remember a rather stunning moment in feminist history. In 2016, Rebecca Schoenkopf at the Gawker-affiliated blog Wonkette said what many of us on the right have suspected: A) she believes that Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick in 1978 and B) she doesn’t really care.

I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.

This post created a minor firestorm when it came out; here’s somewhat liberal Ann Althouse:

And this is why we can’t have good feminism. Women — the majority of humanity — who could come together and demand respect and protection for our bodies are susceptible to getting peeled off individually by a man they feel powerfully drawn to and simply must make an exception for. He’s not really bad. He said he was sorry and he’d never do it again. And there she is, the erstwhile feminist, mouthing the biggest domestic violence cliché in the world.

I like Ann’s blog, but I think she misses the mark. The Wonkette piece is feminism, at least as it’s been practiced for the last three decades. Feminists decided in the 1990s (if not before) that they were an arm of the Democrat Party, not a principled advocacy group. This is why all attacks come from within the party and aim outward; contra Althouse, feminists were not so much drawn to Bill Clinton as they were protective of the group that he represents.

It’s not about abortion, birth control or other bugaboos. Had feminists insisted that Clinton had to go, there would have been enough Democrat senators in 1998 to ensure the swearing in of President Gore. Instead, feminists made a Faustian bargain. Problem is, the devil always wins those. (Incidentally, this is why I had respect for Andrea Dworkin even though I didn’t like her. She took a stand on principle and called for Clinton to be thrown out)

So when a clown like Joy Reid says:

Sorry Honey, that ship has sailed. 

At this point, Republican voters are done losing by the other team’s rules, no matter what Paul Ryan or John McCain say. We know that feminists don’t really give a damn what Trump says or does. He is the enemy because he has an R after his name.

You defended Ted Kennedy.

You defended Bill Clinton.

You defended Anthony Weiner.

You’re trying to distract from Harvey Weinstein.

You own this shit.

My Friends Got Drunk and Watched Reality TV

If you liked autoethnography, prepare for exo-autoethnography:

Exo-autoethnography is the autoethnographic exploration of a history whose events the researcher does not experience directly, but a history that impacts the researcher through familial, or other personal connections, by proxy. It is an approach to research and autoethnographic writing that seeks to analyze individual and private experience, as directed by the other’s experience or history, to better understand: a history that affects the researcher indirectly; and personal and community experience as it relates to that history.

Writing a diary about watching The Bachelor with your gal pals is so 2016. The new hotness is interviewing one of your gal pals who watches The Bachelor, and then writing about yourself conducting the interview.

College degrees are becoming worthless because A) So damn many people have them and B) The subject matter is often moronic. Now people can get advanced graduate degrees writing about their feelings. Is there any way, apart from a total overhaul of the educational system, that this ends well?

PhD in Butthurt Studies

I’m not sure where or when the “autoethnography” trend in higher education began. It’s possible that there is simply nothing else to write about in the Humanities and Social Sciences: let’s face it, there are only so many self and other binaries that one can deconstruct. It was only a matter of time then before the practice went meta:

This essay seeks to fill the gap in the literature and make a contribution to the discourse on autoethnographic research. Writing autoethnographically, I share my experience of discovering vile, misogynist, and cruel trolling of autoethnographers and their work on the social media platform Twitter. I reflect on the online hatred I received when I raised the issue publically. Many of the messages I received focused on my perceived inability to cope with opinions other than my own.

Part of me hopes that there is nothing more to research, and that university departments realize it and make necessary changes. It’s far better to have deep knowledge of certain subjects than it is to be original; I would rather a Shakespeare professor know The Merry Wives of Windsor like the back of his or her hand than know a massive catalog of secondary criticism about a single line from Hamlet.

Of course, there’s no use in being optimistic about it. These are the people that gave Gilles Deleuze and Slavoj Zizek a career.

Thanks to Real Peer Review for the inspiration.

BREAKING: Male Feminist Allegedly Some Kind of Pervert

Ladies, if you’re ever on a date with a guy and he says he writes for Vice, it’s probably a wise idea to split the check and call it a night. Whatever you do, though, pay attention to your drink:

A former writer for Vice’s feminist sub-site Broadly, Michael Hafford, is now facing accusations by multiple women for rape and extreme instances of assault.

[…]

Multiple […] women stated that they were assaulted and raped by Hafford, but were too afraid to come forward with these allegations. The discovery of Michael Hafford’s double-life, writing pro-feminist articles while simultaneously assaulting women, is a damning indictment for other men in his position and requires a reevaluation.

A question I have, related to recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein: why were these women afraid to come forward? Is the New York City media establishment as corrupt as Hollywood when it comes to the way its people actually behave? 

It’s no surprise to find out that a self-described male feminist is actually a creepy misogynist. Hugo Schwyzer is a recent example, but one can go back as far as Ira Einhorn and Ted Kennedy to see how that works. However, it’s worth asking exactly what is going on when so many of these kinds of stories are popping up at the same time.

Heard Any Good Jokes Lately?

I’ve been commenting over at The Other McCain the last few days when it dawned on me: didn’t I used to have one of these blog thingies? 

Unfortunately a lot of my old posts are now lost to the belly of the old hosting company, but that doesn’t mean a man can’t still have a good time, right?

So…Harvey Weinstein, right?

Permit me to note, in regard to Weinstein’s defense that he “came of age in the 60’s and 70’s,” that he seems to have made a made a mistake common among high-profile sexual harassers, i.e., he stayed in the game too long. Back when Weinstein was a young man promoting rock concerts in the 1970s, yeah, “all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.” There were basically no rules at all in the world of rock music back then, nor were there any such rules in Hollywood when Weinstein started making movies. But the main problem is that Harvey Weinstein kept chasing skirts when he was in his 40s and 50s, and even as recently as 2015, he was reportedly still at it.

Guys, don’t do this. At age 45 or 50, you may want to believe you’ve still got it, but you don’t. No matter how much success you had with the ladies when you were 20 or 25, you’re going to look ridiculous if you’re still trying to play the same game when you reach your 40s.

An interesting lesson here is that if a man as wealthy and powerful as Harvey Weinstein can’t get away with this kind of behavior – even with the Democrat media establishment at his back – you certainly will not either. That aside, there are few things more laughable than a wrinkly old guy in a wig and an earring chasing 20 year olds around. Don’t do it.

But hey, here’s Chef from the Suicide Girls. She’s cute and she cooks, but unfortunately for you, she’s also married. 

Chef-Suicide
Me, I’m taken as well. All that running around is for the birds.

Even Slate Doesn’t Believe Obama’s Pay Gap Myth

I call it a myth instead of a lie because President Obama is such a shallow thinker that he probably thinks that women actually are earning 77% on the dollar to men for performing the same work.

Hanna Rosin at Slate (of all places) writes,

How many times have you heard that “women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men”? Barack Obama said it during his last campaign. Women’s groups say it every April 9, which is Equal Pay Day. In preparation for Labor Day, a group protesting outside Macy’s this week repeated it, too, holding up signs and sending out press releases saying “women make $.77 to every dollar men make on the job.” I’ve heard the line enough times that I feel the need to set the record straight: It’s not true.

Read the whole thing for the complete analysis. Obama is the intellectual equivalent of an animated GIF.

Further Reading:

American Spectator: Obama’s “77 Cents on the Dollar” Claim Debunked

American Power: Women Make 77 Cents to Every Man’s Dollar’? Nope, Not True

National Review: More Pinocchios for the President on Equal Pay

The Other McCain: Obama Endorses Feminist Folly

Story via Memeorandum.

From the Comments at Talking Points Memo

Well, at least this liberal admits that abortion is unpleasant.

tpm-abortion

Background:

The Other McCain: Perhaps @TomKludt Could Explain Why Killing Babies Is Such a Good Thing

Erick Erickson: A Very Sincere Thank You to @Gretawire

Talking Points Memo: Erick Erickson Responds To Greta Van Susteren With Graphic Anti-Abortion Screed

See also: Domestic Geek Girl: 15 Nauseating Quotes About Abortion (From the Abortion Providers Themselves)

Update: Thanks to Robert Stacy McCain, Erick Erickson and everyone else who blasted this out on Twitter. Also linked in Wombat-socho’s Live at 5.

Early Afternoon Headlines – 1/28/2013

I’m having a slump. Here are some things you can read today instead of watching the State of the Union.

Politics

Kevin Williamson: Great Caesar’s Ghost – “On the nauseating spectacle that is the State of the Union address.”

Whether it’s Barack Obama or some subsequent pathological megalomaniac, Republican or Democrat, the increasingly ceremonial and quasi-religious aspect of the presidency is unseemly. It is profane. It is unbecoming of us as a people, and it has transformed the presidency into an office that can be truly attractive only to men who are unfit to hold it.

Ricochet: The Unceasing Political Thuggery of Obama’s Gangster Government

Noah Rothman: Andrea Mitchell: ‘Iran Was More or Less an American Ally’ Before Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil’ Remark

The Other McCain: Because @EWErickson Is Right

Related: Erick Erickson: A Very Sincere Thank You to @Gretawire

Culture and Stuff

American Power: Communist Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dies at 94

Regular Right Guy: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beatles!’

Edge of the Sandbox: A Long Overdue Fashion Post

Aewl’s Abode: Release the Bulls!

Sad Man’s Tongue: Pin Up Polly Smile – Rule 5