Thoughts & Essays

On the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh

No way, not even a hint of it. If anything, it’s the opposite. If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something.

“A lawyer close to the White House,” when asked if Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court would be withdrawn over sexual assault allegations. (Source.)

Whole lotta problems to unpack in this quote here.

First up, the idea that it’s somehow normal and excusable for boys to commit rape and/or sexual assault in high school. It is neither, and encouraging people to think that way is not helping.

Second, the idea for men that “we’ve all done it.” Yeah, no they haven’t. I know plenty of dudes who’ve somehow made it their whole lives without sexually assaulting and/or raping someone.

Thirdly, there’s an implication here that accusations like this are somehow frivolous, that Kavanaugh (and other men) are in some way entitled to act like monsters, and shouldn’t be held accountable for their monstrous activities due to the passing of time and the accumulation of power.

Fourth, the implied idea that all men should rally to protect Kavanaugh, lest they themselves be brought low by their own monstrous activities.

What this anonymous lawyer is saying here is, “Hey, look, we all raped or tried to rape a few women when we were kids, but that’s just what kids do, and we’re all grown men with important jobs and something on the line here, so we shouldn’t be letting the wimminfolk get away with holding us accountable now.”

The allegations against Kavanaugh are pretty legit, people. There’s an argument to be made that the Democrats didn’t handle the reveal particularly gracefully, but hey, they’re Democrats. I’m generally pleased when they manage to show up with matching shoes. But the fact that they politicized the reveal of the allegations doesn’t mean that the allegations are false.

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman making the allegation against Kavanaugh, has notes from her therapist dating back to 2012 and 2013 where she was talking about this. She came forward as soon as she realized that the asshole that tried to rape her and maybe almost accidentally kill her in the attempt was possibly up for a SCotUS seat, when she found out he was on Trump’s shortlist.

IE, both things happened before he was actually nominated.

The other guy that Ford alleges was in the room, Mark Judge, claims he has no memory of these things happening. This is a guy who has written a whole book and multiple columns for the Daily Caller about how he spent his high school and college years blackout drunk. In the book he even makes a probable mention of Brett Kavanaugh also being a drunk. (He uses a “pseudonym”: Bart O’Kavanaugh. Yeah, no, for real.)

We already know Brett Kavanaugh has no respect for women as human beings – he wants to take our bodily autonomy away. A major part of the reason Republicans want him on the SCotUS is because they think he’ll help overturn Roe V. Wade.

We already know Brett Kavanaugh’s a liar. He was up there at his hearings lying.

There’s no reason not to take Ford’s allegation seriously. And if you take Ford’s allegations seriously, there’s no reason to give Kavanaugh a SCotUS seat.