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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Cosmic Justice for the Duke Dancer!

I have had it with the ongoing attempts to smear the virtuous young woman who says she was raped by twenty Duke lacrosse players — wait, I mean five — OK, so actually three. Critics say her story is "all over the place," but the very demand for consistency and coherence on the young woman's part is one of the tried and true ways the Patriarchy works to silence female victims of male privilege. She is a single mother, after all! — which status is just another means by which a male-dominated society keeps women in their place. And here come the same critics — details, details! — pointing out that the medical records indicate the exam found only a small scratch on the accuser's knee, a cut on her heel and vaginal swelling. The Patriarchy asks us to believe that a woman who was hit "hit, kicked and strangled" should be expected to show some "neck, back, chest or abdominal tenderness." Wrong! The absence of such signs simply tells us that the rapists — all of 'em — were practiced in the art of raping in subtle ways. Well calibrated, highly nuanced sexual violence is how rapists — penis-bearing persons — men! — have learned to escape detection. Oh, so because the second dancer called the rape allegations a "crock," we're supposed to think that means anything? Wrong, again! One way the Patriarchy thrives is by brainwashing women to do its bidding. The point is that justice — ultimate justice, Big Time justice — must be done. I'm talking about justice of a kind that goes way beyond the actual facts of this specific case. For here we have a chance to set right an entire legacy of White Wrongs and Male Wrongs (which add up White Male Wrongs, do the math) against Blacks and Women and Black Women and Women of Color and all Subjugated, Marginalized Uterus-Centric Persons, going back before the start of recorded time. (Men were doing really bad stuff even before there were records. In fact, men actually started creating records — like, all of Western Civilization — precisely as a way of bragging about their treachery. Do I have to explain everything?) So let's not get our boxers in a bunch about the Duke case and its supposed "problems." How about we keep the big picture in view, waddya say? As Joseph C. Phillips puts it:
A lack of evidence ... is not a stumbling block when one is pursuing justice that exists in the nether regions of ethereal reality. It's not unreasonable to think that [D.A. Mike] Nifong is keenly aware that the charges of black women against white men have been ignored throughout the years and decided such would not be the case on his watch. He would give voice to past victims by giving this accuser every benefit of the doubt.
Any of you white racist sexist privileged beneficiaries of Patriarchy got a problem with that? Any descendents of slave drivers out there, eager to go toe to toe with all those Past Victims? Speak up, I can't hear you. Right - I didn't think so. So how about all you oppressors of yesteryear doing the rest of us a big favor by sitting down and shutting your once favored, formerly advantaged pie holes for a decade or two. We'll let you know when the scales are balanced.