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Judging Tucker Carlson by things he says? That’s outrageous!

So as I linked to recently, alt.right-curious Tucker Carlson (who thinks its bad when women out-earn men and that women buying men dinner is disgusting) told a radio host that women like being ordered “do what you’re told” and that a statutory rapist whose willing to marry his victim shouldn’t be treated as a crook (“arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her”). Given his continued sexist views (he also believes men are the oppressed sex in America) his defense that “if you want to know what I think, you can watch” lacks a little something. Right-wingers, however, have an explanation: his words are irrelevant because liberals used research to unearth his quotes! How dare they look up things Carlson said in the past! It’s like a Jedi mind trick, or that time they stole Kevin D. Williamson’s career! Liberals destroy everything! While I doubt Carlson will go down, he is at least hurting.

In other news:

It’s way too early to place bets on 2020, at least for me. I hate the fact that running for president has already started. And there’s absolutely no predicting anything at this point. Okay, I think it’ s a safe bet that if Trump doesn’t die or get impeached (and he’s not getting impeached), he’s the Republican candidate in 2020 but beyond that? But I do think there’s some truth to the argument that the media will gush over Trump a lot and that this will help him. It wouldn’t be the first time media gush has shaped the election. And we’ll also get silly commentary like this.

Anti-Islam bigot John Guandalo says it doesn’t violate the First Amendment to ban Muslims from government because Islam is not a religion. Fox News’ Jeanine Piro claims Ihlan Omar follows sharia which is unconstitutional so she can’t be in Congress. And other people think allowing her to walk around being Muslim means we’ve forgotten 9/11. I’m sure if we start showing posters with prominent white conservatives and ask why we’ve forgotten Oklahoma City, they’ll agree it’s just the same, right?

Trump can’t stand to admit to even a tiny mistake.

Why people shout racist abuse.

Reagan signed MLK Day into law, but he wasn’t a fan of King, and implied King brought it on himself by encouraging people to break the law.

Professional liar Dinesh D’Souza struggles to prove the left inspired Hitler’s genocidal views.

Oh, the horror! “Every email announcement the Federalist Society sent out met a snarky, vitriolic response by progressive students.”

Right-winger Tony Perkins demands the feds regulate PayPal because it’s too left-wing.

A feminist guide to raising boys.

The far-right in Europe isn’t very different in its sexist views from the Muslim far-right.

Why Facebook moderators supposed to moderate crazy political posts start to believe them instead. And people targeted by conspiracy theories find their lives become nightmares.

Will self-driving cars have a harder time spotting black pedestrians than white?

Successful people are often shocked when someone points out they had luck (including being born rich, born white, not growing up in an abusive home) as well as talent.

Let’s end on an upnote: two boys starting a feminist club in their all-male school.

 

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If rape plots are off-limits, how can they tell stories?

So Valve recently announced it would make a game called Rape Day available on its Steam platform — and yes, it does indeed give players the option to “harass, kill and rape women.” Which the developer holds up as a legitimate storytelling approach: “You can’t reasonable [sic] consider banning rape in fiction without banning murder and torture.” And apparently it didn’t violate the Steam rules, though Valve has since dropped it.

Actually, though, it’s quite possible to say “no rape” and allow murder and torture. And murder isn’t excused or hand-waved away in the same way as rape, which is why the latter doesn’t play so well as an entertainment fantasy any more. And as Robert Jackson Bennett has said, if they think rape is acceptable, would they say the same about having children molested in the game (Steam, according to the first link, doesn’t allow child exploitation)? I can’t imagine anyone arguing that if they’re not allowed to show child rape, that would make it impossible to have murders or violence.

In other sexist news:

Tucker Carlson’s deep thoughts on women and statutory rape.

From Argentina, a look at how even a legal abortion (for an 11-year-old sexual abuse victim) can get stopped if enough technical and bureaucratic obstacles get thrown in its path.

A phone app makes it easier for Saudi men to monitor women’s movements and block their right to travel. Google and Apple are fine with keeping the app in their store.

Echidne looks at why Google is suddenly paying extra raises to men.

How to stop pedophilia? According to one online misogynist, legalize sex with any girl who’s reached puberty, so that way the cops can focus on the real pedophiles instead of perfectly harmless stuff like adults having sex with 14 year olds.

Women geeks talk about being labeled fake geek girls.

Men are dying because social media give women all the power in relationships! At least that’s one incel’s theory.

For some men, women starring in action films is still unsettling.

The religious right continues to freak out about Christians actually supporting feminism and social justice. Don’t they know Jesus is a solid Republican?

Part of what “identity politics” does is turn being white and male from an invisible default setting to a visible one “and makes a lot of the people who have become white men rather than members of society’s invisible default category very uncomfortable.”

Manohla Dargis, NYT film critic on the good and bad lessons she learned about womanhood at the movies.

To end on a positive note, at the Mary Sue, a blogger expresses her love for “loud girl” Black Canary. And comics writer Barbara Randall Kesel talking about writing Barbara Gordon as Batgirl and Oracle, and on female heroes in comics.

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Mueller, Cohen, Trump and more

I fully realize that lawyers’ are going to revise their ethical priorities according to their clients’ needs. But it’s still worth remembering that Ken Starr, the evangelical Christian who ruthlessly investigated Clinton’s sex life is one of the attorneys who defended accused serial child molester Jeffrey Epstein.

Unsurprisingly, the head of the right wing Federalist Society, which has been feeding Trump the names of judicial nominees, thinks Robert Mueller investigating Trump is very, very bad and unconstitutional.

“if we must always “be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God” does that mean Christians should obey the Antichrist and accept the Mark of the Beast?” — Fred Clark

I’m not surprised Rep. Matt Gaetz tried to intimidate Michael Cohen before his congressional testimony, but I am surprised he did it so blatantly and openly the Florida Bar is now investigating whether he breached the law. Then again, he represents my former stomping grounds in the Panhandle, so showing he has no ethical limits in defending the president will probably boost his career.

Modern conservatism in one word cloud.

Trump and his outrage over that Saturday Night Live skit.

Trump’s libertine, womanizing lifestyle fits comfortably with his crushing women’s access to birth control and family planning. And as long as he does that, the religious right will ignore the womanizing.

Spike Lee says we should choose love over hate. Trump gets insulted.

Ivanka Trump says Americans will never accept a guaranteed wage because they “want to work for what they get.” Funny how she’s perfectly happy to have dad hand her jobs … but after all, as a kid she thought forcing her servants to buy from her lemonade stand was something to be proud of.

Mark Harris, the Republican at the center of the recent election-fraud scandal in North Carolina, won’t be running in the do-over election.

It’s always projection: Pat Robertson thinks it’s gays who are willing to destroy everything to make society conform to their sexual code.

A white guy talks belligerently and flashes his gun around an Alabama Starbucks. Cops say it’s a legal weapon, there’s nothing they can do.

Then there’s the Alabama newspaper editor who said the Klan should to go Washington and lynch Democrats.

To end on an up note, there’s a Swedish-based group fighting against hate online just by writing supportive comments.

 

 

 

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Ladies Day: Not what I’d expect from Robert Bloch

Robert Bloch’s social satires often veer into the sexist. He’s also extremely cynical. That made Bloch’s optimistic 1968 feminist novella, LADIES DAY (which I have as part of a double book with This Crowded Earth) a surprise — I’d have expected something closer to The Feminists.

Dale Barton, the protagonist, wakes up San Francisco and soon realizes things have changed — my god, there’s a woman over there wearing pants, smoking a cigar and showing tattoos! I imagine Bloch was shooting for the most unfeminine image he could think of, but it is amusing how well he foresaw changes in women’s styles; he later makes clear, though, that this is a working-class thing and well-bred women still dress like girly girls.

A woman, assuming Dale is a hooker, picks him up for a night of sex, which is illegal without a permit. The following morning the cops pick them both up; Dale is immediately red-flagged as a person of interest, for reasons he doesn’t understand. Eventually it sinks in that he’s 200 years in the future, courtesy of suspended animation (a successful attempt to cure his terminal illness). While he was gone, WW III broke out, and it was nasty. By the time it was over, casualties were huge, and most of them were men. Women outnumbering men three to one, they took over. They’ve completely rewritten history so that Cleopatra is now more important than Mark Antony, and Martha Washington and Abigail Adams are the real geniuses behind the American Revolution. This mirrors the way women’s contributions are often written out of history, though I don’t think Bloch meant it that way.

In the new world kids are raised in creches, there are no armies and tech research is carefully controlled; one man later describes it as keeping it to a level humans can actually control instead of vice versa. Lee, the psychiatrist who works with David (one of the rare times Bloch has anything nice to see about the profession), candidly admits it’s not utopian, but defends the problems (breeding permits for instance), as necessary until people are ready to handle a traditional family structure without getting messed up (e.g., no longer defining relationships by military metaphors like “the battle of the sexes”). While that kind of rationale in fiction (or real life often enough) is usually a mask for tyranny, here they really do intend it as a temporary measure.

Complicating things: the renegades, men and some women who want the days of patriarchy back. And with them, war: one renegade gripes to Dale that the U.S. could have won the war and taken the world under its control if the damn women hadn’t opted for peace. Johnny, the U.S. president’s husband, describes the renegades as wanting to go back to the good old days when some idiot who doesn’t know how to drive could drive a car at 100 MPH as recklessly as they wanted. Johnny adamantly opposes going back to the old days, if only because the world’s at peace. He also sees matriarchy as a good deal for men, living as comfortable and free as the stereotype of a housewife in the 1950s.

Both renegades and the government want Dale’s help. He remembers the old days of patriarchy; he can tell them how much better a world at peace is, or he can declare that the world has gone down the tubes and needs to return to the good times of male dominance. Mother Hood, the current president, has scheduled a prime time speech for him; the renegades threaten to kill him if he doesn’t spin things their way.

As he’s complicating what to do, Johnny throws in a twist: men are still in charge. They write the speeches. They put ideas into their spouses’ heads (again this reverses 1960s stereotypes of how wives manipulated husbands). They’re the brains, the women are just the hands doing their bidding.

Dale, who’s in love with Lee, sides with the government and almost dies. In the aftermath the government rounds up the renegades and Lee delivers a speech Dale supposedly wrote. Dale realizes that contrary to Johnny’s beliefs, the women still run things, they just keep the men happy with the illusion of being the man behind the women. If Dale spills the beans, perhaps he can start a new renegade movement, getting back to the way things were. Instead he decides men have had their chance, why not let the women try? And eventually, he hopes, swing the pendulum back to true equality. So he lies to Johnny about the speech and Lee, who already loves him, realizes she can trust him too.

I think that’s part of why I like it. I’ve seen futures of this sort that assume equality can’t happen: men will never accept it, or women will just abuse their power. Maybe Bloch was overly optimistic, but like fluff, optimism in fiction is nice sometimes.

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Links about that Gillette ad, sexism and abuse

The Gillette ad criticizing toxic masculinity no more implies “masculinity is bad” than “poisonous mushroom” implies all mushrooms are deadly. Some men don’t see it that way. Vox adds more. Isabel Cooper points out that yes, as others have pointed out, the ad is still calculated marketing — but it’s still a good thing. Fox’s Brian Kilmeade, however, attacks the ad using the same arguments it criticized: men are just that way. Online misogynists now hate Gillette. So does accused sexual harasser Charles Payne. The NRA declares the ad is bullshit because “men were meant to be dangerous.”

Right-winger Tammy Bruce harks back to the old Undead Sexist Cliche that without masculinity, humanity wouldn’t get anywhere.

A woman went to eat at the high-priced Nellos restaurant in NYC — where she says they wouldn’t let her eat at the bar alone because they’re cracking down on call girls. I’m willing to bet they will never try to discourage johns by banning men.

Christians in Houston sued a library on the grounds a story hour with drag queens doing the reading violated their freedom of religion.

“This year we saw with startling clarity that what many of the nation’s powerful men share is less talent and vision than arbitrary cruelty, pleasure in retribution, bullying, shouting, sneering, a sense that they’re above consequences, and an unusual dependence on golf.”

Some incels are convinced that an average women lives like a male billionaire.

Book riot argues that female-written fantasy for adults is too often classified as Y/A because, girls.

The Violence Against Women Act and the funding it channels really do reduce violence against women. Too bad Congress let it expire last year. And the Trump Administration redefined domestic violence to refer only to actual physical assault, not emotional or verbal abuse.

Another day, another anti-gay preacher with an alleged secret life. Evangelical’s abuse problems go much deeper.

Then, of course, there’s Bryan Singer.

New York City makes a step forward in abortion rights.

How Kamala Harris became the target of a birther smear (nonsensical — they admit she was born in the country, but claim as her parents weren’t citizens yet, she isn’t natural born). Oh, and there are equally gibberish charges of election fraud.

For at least a century, people have complained that feminists wanted to be men. Same old, same old.

White supremacist Richard Spencer’s wife says he abused her.

Robert Patterson, a right-wing pundit turned Trump Social Security official, opposes birth control. One reason? He claims condoms deny women the touch of semen, and semen makes women happier.

Ashley Judd’s harassment lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein got tossed out on technical grounds.

Tucker Carlson thinks women making more money than men is baaaaad. But criticizing him for his views is baaaad too and will lead us to a dark age.

And let’s not forget, the wave of right-wing authoritarians across the globe may differ in many details but they all want women in chains.

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Links about sexism

Only 32 percent of rape cases are closed by the cops. That’s down from 62 percent in 1964.

Laura McGann wrote a story alleging reporter Glenn Thrush had a history of harassment. Here’s what happened next. And plenty of other men accused of harassment promptly bounce back after a little time off. Though it looks like Kevin Spacey may not be one of them.

Producers didn’t think the RBG biopic On the Basis of Sex would sell unless it made her supportive husband look like a jerk.

Pushing back against #MeToo isn’t a sign the movement’s gone too far, it’s a sign “some men crave the poisonous high of feeling wrongfully endangered.”

The concept of the Democrats as the mommy party explains why Dems getting angry upsets Washington more than Republicans freaking out does: “No matter how much male privilege you have and regularly wield, going up against cardinal masculine virtues like violence, wealth, and the unchecked use of power taints you with a feminine stain, and in our society, femininity is disdained.” No More Mr. Nice Blog suggests Republicans are still seen as they were in the late 1960s, the law-and-order party. I think the two interpretations dovetail, actually.

If critics don’t like a movie targeted at women (or blacks, or Hispanics), the problem may not be lack of diversity among critics.

The challenges of analyzing gender differences.

Foz Meadows on the sexism of the Scream franchise.

In Ireland, a defense attorney brings up a 17-year-old’s thong panties to prove an alleged rape was consensual.

The Daily Stormer neo-nazi site suggests we revive the burning of witches.

A ‘smart dress’ shows just how often the wearer was groped while clubbing.

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The 2020 election begins now! God help us all.

As far as Politico is concerned, Elizabeth Warren is already tanking her chances. No, the secret to winning is trust to old, center-right white candidates! Or wildly popular politicians like … Paul Ryan? But women, it’s essential they be likable!

Mitt Romney, meanwhile, would like you to know that he’s very anti-Trump except where he supports him. One LGM blogger suggests, however, this is a clear sign Romney thinks the tide is turning against President Shit-Gibbon. But NMMNG says if Romney thinks that could land him the 2020 nomination he’s dreaming. But just in case, Trump’s allies are pushing harder to declare Trump the party’s pre-emptive nominee.

And Jerry Falwell Jr. assures everyone evangelicals will stick with Trump regardless of what sins he may have committed. Falwell’s excuse is that Jesus shouldn’t be setting public policy, which quite simply I think is a lie; the religious right (which was founded by his father as a political force) is all about letting their view of Jesus’ wishes define the law.

And of course there are the constant arguments that Dems won’t really be any different from Republicans if they had more power or don’t really care about stopping them. After all they could totally have stopped Kavanaugh making it to the Supreme Court if they tried. Plus arguments that if Democrats trash-talk Trump, it’s all over for them.

In other news:

Trump’s tax cut benefits rich foreign investors more than Americans who don’t own stock.

65 percent of jail inmates haven’t been convicted of anything. The majority are there because they can’t afford bail.

Deplatforming hatemongering websites or starving them of cash has been an effective tactic. Then you get someone like tech CEO Rob Monster, who made it his mission to save the hate-site Gab.

The founder and former leader of Identity Evropa has filed for bankruptcy. Not much detail at the link.

Customers without plastic keep running into problems at businesses that don’t take cash. For one thing, a number of stores don’t say this up front.

More white, right-wing terrorism: Antigovernment radical James Stachowiak calls for people to commit lone wolf terrorist acts.

Chipotle requires employees to sign arbitration agreements giving up their right to sue. Now employees are requesting arbitration and Chipotle is stalling.

Idris Elba says the only reason to worry about Me Too is if you’re guilty of harassing someone. Likewise, while many Wall Streeters now avoid meeting with women and even worry about hiring them, attorney Stephen Zweig says the solution is “try not to be an asshole.”

“Why do we think “innocent until proven guilty” is an appropriate basis for deciding who we invite into our personal, professional, or public spaces?”

“A video clip of two black people showcasing visible anger toward the president would have been played over and over again on cable news.” Hilary Clinton got crap for not playing nice with Trump at Bush the elder’s funeral.

 

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Let’s hang out with some unpleasant people!

I honestly don’t care that Trump dodged the draft with made-up bone spurs. That he continues to position himself as a tough guy while mocking veterans with PTSD as weaklings who couldn’t cut it is pretty disgusting (to say nothing of the people who pretended Clinton’s draft-dodging was a dealbreaker but voted happily for W and Trump).

Cream rises to the top. But so does scum. And, of course, grift. And, alas, Shit-Gibbons who blame a child’s death in government custody on everyone but himself.

A special judicial board found Justice Bret “Gang Rape” Kavanaugh‘s conduct includes serious alleged ethics violations. Too bad that there’s nothing the board can do now that Kavanaugh’s on the Supreme Court. Oh, and some of the misogynist rape apologists who supported Kavanaugh have a new way to attack his accuser, Dr. Ford: she doesn’t sound the same when she’s not testifying about the rape so she must be faking.

Republicans have realized that just because they’re outnumbered and unpopular, they can still rig the game to win. Case in point.

False prophets of the right wing.

“Trump is every villain in every Christmas movie rolled into one.” Which doesn’t stop him whining about how hard he has it. And the Republican Party is all in on Trump.

Tucker Carlson, white supremacist dog-whistler.

Pundit Erick Erickson once blamed mass shootings on Americans not being meaner to trans people. He is, however, baffled why Trump supporters behave so poorly.

Speaking of Trump supporters, Michelle Goldberg says we often focus too much on politics and ignore that some of his lackeys just want to be close to power.

Alice Walker gushes about an anti-semitic author (it seems she’s a known anti-Semite herself) in an interview and the New York Times doesn’t catch it. Though in fairness, my thought when an interviewee recommends a book is not to rush and check out whether it’s any good. Bari Weiss thinks this is beyond the pale even though she postures about how we shouldn’t repress discussion of edgy topics.

As NYC mayor Rudy Giulani claimed that by repressing trivial acts such as littering and graffiti, cops could keep serious crime down. As Trump’s lawyer, he wants us to ignore supposedly trivial crimes. As the Times points out, the “broken windows” theory of policing was also wrong.

Awww. The white nationalist League of the South just lost its convention site.

A former Trump speechwriter’s theory: if you support tolerance, gay rights or trans rights, it just shows you’re full of hate.

Some conservatives are obsessed with the importance of being an alpha male.

Lame-duck Republicans in Michigan have pushed through a bunch of bad bills. Including one that bans local governments from passing ordinances that prevent pet stores buying from puppy mills.

Rep. Louis Gohmert pushes conspiracy theories about George Soros. Even Fox Business was embarrassed.

Roy Edroso gives us two people for the price of one post: long-established second-tier pundit Rod Dreher arguing that the fascists in the Spanish Civil War were the better side, and Kat Timpf, a new National Review hire who claimed a male student was labeled as a sexual harasser because he asked her out and he was bigger than her so presto, power imbalance! In reality the dude was a stalker, and the magazine has retracted the article but not taken it down, so Timpf’s babble about how this is terrible for men (he was accused of a perfectly harmless everyday activity!) and for women (if men can be charged just for asking a woman out, how will women ever get dates?) remains online, at least at time of writing. But as there’s always a market for right-wing women who oppose feminism, I’m sure it won’t hurt Timpf’s career any.

How about an unpleasant bank?

Roy Edroso brings a whole bunch more right-wing unpleasantness to light with his look back on 2018 (and part two)

To end on an upnote, accused sexual harasser Matt Lauer of the Today Show has given up on plans for a comeback.

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Sexism plus a few other hate-related links

One study found women on Tinder are slightly pickier than men. The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer says the best way to fix that would be rape.

Another whining conservative women complains feminism is about destroying men.

Amish rape culture.

The ever wacky Federalist defends Donald Trump’s adultery by arguing men who watch porn are also adulterers. There are also men’s rights activists who think feminists want men masturbating to porn so they can drain men’s strength away.

The American-based World Congress of Families does its best to promote anti-gay activists overseas.

A right-wing website says Michelle Obama dresses like a hooker. But it’s Melania Trump who’s being unfairly attacked! And speaking of attacks, no, Hilary Clinton did not decorate the White House Christmas tree with crack pipes and cock rings.

Another day, another wave of harassment scandals ignored by the employer — in this case Dartmouth (confirming my previous post about the logic of cover-ups). Johnny Depp’s ex Amber Heard (who went public with her own account of abuse), compares cover-ups to the Titanic: if an actor, academic, CEO is important to keeping your job afloat, the priority becomes patching up the holes and saving the ship.

Echidne points out that while the far right movements rising around the globe may be different in many ways, they all hate women.

Theocrat Bryan Fischer has said we need a new underground railroad to get kids away from same-sex parents. When he got flak for the idea, he lied about ever saying it.

A look at macho bullying culture in Bret Kavanaugh’s alma mater.

Slacktivist looks at sex scandals among Independent Baptist Churches.

Abuse lawsuits against the Boy Scouts are breaking the BSA financially. So men’s rights activists blame feminism.

Perhaps the best recommendation for the Muslim women newly elected to Congress is that Saudi Arabia despises them.

Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez is already criticizing corporate lobbyists for trying to influence the incoming Congress.

Eliza Dushku was poised to become a recurring character on the TV show Bull. Then she reported on-set harassment and things blew up. Variety has more. And before that there was Dushku’s experiences as an underage teen on the movie True Lives.

“The woman does not have any agency in this model of male sexuality. What she wants or doesn’t want is either erased or subordinated to what he wants or can’t have.” A recovered Quiverful woman on modesty culture.

“The Old Boy’s defining characteristic may just be that he wants. It’s not clear what he wants, and in the end, it doesn’t much matter. His drive lacks focus and can’t be satisfied, but it can’t be stopped by things like ethics or law or introspection. And he’s terribly scared of losing.”

Ross Douthat’s post about how wonderful WASPs are is just a gussied-up call for white supremacy.

The Betsy DeVos Department of Education is pushing rules that allow college professors and administrators to ignore sexual harassment and rape.

 

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Those who prey (and those who enable)

As I’ve written before, sexual predators are able to keep at it because of rape culture. The cumulative effects of a thousand different strains of thought (we can’t let people think this happens in our church! We can’t let a good man be ruined just for one little mistake! It was his first rape, we’ll hit him with serious penalties on #2). It gets even worse when the predators are in a position of authority or standing, giving other people in authority a reason to side with the predator, instead of defending the prey.

When Larry Nassar’s long history of abusing his gymnast patients became public, it was described as victims breaking the silence. But they hadn’t been silent: they’d been reporting Nassar’s actions for years. At the link, a look at how Nassar managed to fool his patients and their parents. Institutional instincts worked to his advantage: USA Gymnastics reported him to the FBI but still kept him as a health provider a year later. And Nassar’s not the only doctor whose career continued despite years of abuse allegations.

For one horrifying case, consider Jeffrey Epstein, Florida multimillionaire. Florida law enforcement put together a case he routinely raped underage girls and had done so for years. The prosecution, headed by Trump cabinet member Alexander Acosta, settled, violating a law that they had to notify the victims first. Epstein got a few years minimum security for having sex with child prostitutes (which as noted at the link implies the victims were all hookers), and was allowed to leave the jail and go his office during the day. And while Acosta deserves flak, the systemic failure is much more widespread. In New York, where Epstein spent part of his time, prosecutors tried to convince a judge that Epstein shouldn’t have to register as a sexual predator (the judge, I’m happy to say, said he did).

Abuse is widespread among Independent Baptist churches and once again, some pastors cover up for other pastors or shift them from church to church (while they don’t have the formal hierarchy Catholics do, a lot of pastors know each other and are willing to lend a helping hand). Slacktivist adds some perspective.

Or consider the Boy Scouts of America, which has been sued for ignoring abuse allegations leveled at Scoutmasters.

Or the possibility that harassment is widespread in academia but covered up to protect powerhouse professors.

Or consider Clint Eastwood’s ex, Sondra Locke, who died last week. She was an actor and a director, but the obits defined her as Eastwood’s ’embittered’ ex. And she had reason to be embittered, as Eastwood abused her and treated her like shit. Jezebel adds more, such as articles mentioning Locke’s abortion but not her claim Eastwood pressured her into getting them. To make it clear, he isn’t as horrifying as Nassar or Epstein, but that’s a low bar to clear.

And then there’s Woody Allen; Hollywood Reporter just published an interview with the sixteen-year-old he was sleeping with (when he was 41) in a real-life analog to Manhattan. Though Englehardt, the young model in question, is very definite she was making her own choices, not being coerced.

As I’ve said before, we’re still a long way from making it unsafe to be a predator. Particularly a predator at the top of the food chain.

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