Should the press reveal the names of complainants in rape cases? In the Guardian, Naomi Wolf says yes—beginning (but you knew this was coming) with the two women who've accused Julian Assange of forcing his attentions—his condomless attentions—on them. The same women she previously mocked on HuffPo as jealous whiners, and on Democracy Now!, accused of giving mixed messages to an ardent bedmate. No "let's wait until the trial," for her.
Anonymity, Wolf argues, is a relic of the Victorian era, when raped women were seen as damaged goods; permits stereotypes about rape victims to flourish, since people don't see that "ordinary women" get raped; harms women by treating them as children rather than moral agents; and impedes law enforcement. This last point is a little bizarre: doesn't Wolf realize that anonymity applies only to the media? Everyone in the justice system knows who the complainants are. Wolf also, as she often does, gets her facts wrong: Anita Hill, whom she cites as bravely volunteering her name and thereby spurring a great wave of "equal opportunity law," was not a complainant in a legal case. She was subpoenaed as a witness in the Senate hearings. Anonymity was never an option for her. Furthermore, Hill's allegations against Clarence Thomas had nothing to do with rape, so why is Wolf even talking about her? Hill is in fact, the only real-life modern woman Wolf mentions in a piece that name checks Virginia Woolf, Coventry Patmore and Oscar Wilde.
that's from katha pollitt's 'naomi wolf: wrong again on rape' (the nation). pollitt's been on a strong streak lately. (thanks to c.i. for passing that over. she had to address the feds targeting activists in today's snapshot and also wanted to cover a report on female veterans from the va's inspector general's office and relate that back to the house on veterans affairs committee so she really didn't have room.)
what's made katha stronger lately?
i think it's the backlash. i think having to tackle this large wave of backlash against feminism - scratch that. it's a backlash against women period.
and i think it's caused katha to rise to the occasion.
i praise her for the above column and the last 1. this is serious stuff. women who are raped have to decide 1st who they will tell. a number never tell any 1. a number only tell their closest friends. a number know they can't go to the police because they will be attacked. it's a very small section that does report rape.
and naomi thinks outing them in the paper will help?
the court knows who they are. the accused knows who they are. who doesn't know? gas bags. gas bags don't know. and that makes naomi wolf nervous.
c.i. said - addressing this nonsense of naomi's in a snapshot last week - that naomi is stupid and the reason she is stupid is because she's dug her own grave and is too stupid to climb out. it would have been so easy to have said, 'i got carried away. and i realize now how easy it is, even for those of us who value women's rights, to get carried away in the backlash.' instead, she just dug deeper and now she better grasp that she's gone way too far.
women are not going to forget this - and as ava and c.i. pointed out at 3rd weeks ago, naomi's facebook comments these days are from very few women.
okay, abc's brothers & sisters.
sally field is again a treasure. she really is. and tv's damn lucky to have a 2 time best actress oscar winner on it. patricia wettig's character - i forget the name - was supposed to go to nyc but bailed at the last minute. nora (sally field) told pat's boyfriend that she would get her on the plane, give her a few days. and she did that by exhausting pat until pat was willing to deal.
it wasn't the move, it was leaving all the memories behind (especially frightening for pat who has memory loss). but she and nora burned a number of items (memtos - pat had a long term affair with nora's dead husband which is why the 2 women were at odds at the start of the series) and pat left for nyc.
i can't figure it out. suddenly she's gone to d.c. and she tells her boyfriend it's because she's thinking of taking a d.c. job. but she leaves her son with in-laws (rob lowe played her husband until the character was killed off) and something more is going on. i'm thinking the cancer may have returned. (did i miss a scene? i watched sunday night - on tv! - and my daughter had a sneezing fit - cold season, so we got some tissues but i thought it was only commericals and part of nora and pat's burning mementos that i missed).
kevin and scotty.
okay, as i've revealed before, my 1st husband was gay. and c.i. tried to warn me. elaine knew better. but i have been attracted to a lot of gay men over the years - sexually attracted. i have no idea why. i mention that because each episode i watch, i ask myself, 'would i do scotty or would i do kevin?'
and sometimes it's kevin and sometimes it's scotty. is it the actors? they are attractive. but it's the relationship the characters have.
no, idea why i am that way but i always have been. originally, i didn't even realize some of the guys i was attracted were gay (or bi).
(if you're new, i'm also attracted to straight guys and am currently married to 1.)
so remember the girl that kevin and scotty met last episode? the 1 they thought they wanted to adopt?
she stole scotty's wallet (i think it was scotty's wallet). they think she must hate them and talk about calling it off.
sarah returns (kitty and kevin's sister) and she sets scotty and kevin straight: the little girl is afraid. she's been passed over repeatedly for adoption and she's afraid.
those were the main points. sarah was greeted with the news that her daughter snuck a guy in at kevin & scotty's and sarah said it wasn't a big deal and 'besides, i think he plays for your team.' then kevin & scotty are feeling some relief and mention that the guy plays football and sarah realizes she thought it was her daughter's male friend. not a football player.
the joke there is it turns out the male friend? he's straight. the footbal player? he's gay.
it was a good episode. i wish i could be more interested in justin. i care more about his character (brother of kitty, kevin & sarah) when he's working as a paramedic and less about him in his love storlyine.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'