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What's disturbing is the way some WikiLeaks admirers have misrepresented the allegations, attacked the women and made light of date rape. It's been known for some time that Assange was accused of using his body weight to force sex on one woman, ignoring her demand that he use a condom, and penetrating the other woman while she slept, also without a condom, despite her wishes; yet writer after writer has treated the whole thing as a big joke. It was "sex by surprise" – some arcane Swedish thing – wrote Dave Lindorff on Truthout. Also, Assange didn't tell the second woman about the first and didn't return her phone call. Hell hath no fury like a groupie scorned.
Appearing on Keith Olbermann's show after he put up $20,000 to help bail Assange out of a British jail, Michael Moore – apparently an expert on Swedish rape law – called the case "a bunch of hooey": "the condom broke during consensual sex". Olbermann made matters worse when he retweeted Bianca Jagger's tweet linking to a blog post by Mark Crispin Miller, claiming that Assange accuser "Ms A" had "interacted" in Cuba with an anti-Castro women's group supported by terrorist and former CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles, and had published anti-Castro "diatribes" in a Swedish magazine. You would think the left would be more sensitive to charges of guilt by association – since when did marching in a demonstration mean you signed on to everything its supporters support? By those lights, everyone who went to an Answer-sponsored march against the Iraq war thinks North Korea is a Marxist paradise.
i hope you agree with me that the above is strong writing.
if you do, i hope you'll join me in saluting katha pollitt whom i often find useless but who is back to the strong work that 1st made her worth reading in the above.
good for katha.
and she makes time to call out naomi wolf as well. she doesn't play the game of 'let me hide behind the men and act like it was just them.'
so good for katha.
this story still isn't over. katha thanks sady doyle and sady deserves strong credit (but doesn't want it - she's bothered by the attention and fuss, she's written). another who deserves credit is c.i. who came out of the gate swinging when few others were.
she is also the 1 who 1st tied it to naomi wolf's own response to a professor allegedly touching her leg. and the 1 who pointed out naomi couldn't call out a gang-rape done by her 'friends' in a frat because naomi didn't want to be called a 'lesbo.'
and katha points out that war lied. war being women against rape. but it was ava and c.i., 2 sundays ago, who blew the lid on the so-called 'feminist' group war in 'TV: The Craziest Sitcom.' so on my end, i'll thank c.i. (who is the 1 who sent me katha's column, by the way.)
and i'll thank katha.
there was so much silence. a lot of feminists took a pass. katha didn't. i would give her credit for that alone. but the fact is that it is also her strongest writing in years. hopefully this is a sign of very promising year of writing from katha pollitt.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'