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Saturday, April 15, 2006

JUST LIKE A (GOOD) WOMAN: ...to stand up for the proposition that it is wrong to rush to judgment against members of either sex, just because of the composition of their chromosomes. Kathleen Parker gets it exactly right about the Duke athletes and the stripper.
While we wait to hear what the grand jury decides, we might turn our harsh judgment inward and recognize that the anti-male groupthink that permitted a presumption of guilt in Durham is little different than the lynch-mob mentality that once channeled rage against blacks.
Goes without saying that if the charges are true, the perpetrators must be held accountable. "Obviously, no woman deserves to be raped for any reason, under any circumstances," says Parker. "But nor do men deserve to be presumed guilty just because they're men." It shouldn't be necessary to say that, either. But neither should it be necessary to take seriously the ravings of people like Ms. magazine femme fascista Robin Morgan:
  • I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman, out of her own genuine affection and desire.
  • Sexism is NOT the fault of women — kill your fathers, not your mothers.
Imagine the howls of execration if, say, Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity were to declare: "Patriarchy is NOT the fault of men — kill your mothers, not your fathers."