I can easily contact and talk to a dozen women who have been sexually assaulted. Because I know that many. A dozen women I have met personally decided it was worth speaking out about their own sexual assault experiences in order to not only bring the numbers of #MeToo into focus for everyone, but provide reality and context.
Sadly it doesn't seem like everyone sees this. So here! See it!
But, if the problem of false accusations against men is so bad that they need to be advocated for by the President at the expense of all these women, that must mean that I must know at least a few men who have dealt with false allegations. Right?
Any men care to stand up and admit they have been falsely accused? Share your story of who accused you and why, so I can better understand the scale of this issue?
Or would admitting something of that nature bring a negative moment in your life into the spotlight for everyone to pass judgement upon you regardless of what context you present? Or would it cast doubt inside yourself that you really are deserving of the accusations cast upon you?
I'm sure women can't even imagine how that feels... /sarcasm
**All 8 posts in this blog are from women I have met over the last 14 years of my life, and would advocate proudly on their behalf as outstanding people as far as I have ever known any of them. They are teachers, radio personalities, designers, academics, engineers, entrepreneurs, bakers, actors and among other things, general badasses. And the thought of these powerful men, that remind me of nothing more than the grossest people I experienced at Michigan State University, openly mocking this reality; is just too fucking much. #Resist **
You might be someone who says "They are doing this for political reasons" or "These women are only coming forward for the lime-light".
Okay. For that to be true, you have to assume a number of things:
- That these women, who a majority of which are successful, career-capable women, would be willing to let their life, families, morality and sexuality be dissected ad-nauseam publicly by the media for months, if not years to come. To deny their allegations out-right, you have to assume they are willing to be proven false by an FBI investigation....
- You have to pretend that Trumps arguments of "why didn't they come forward years ago" aren't a festering example of disgusting arguments that have been repeated in these situations for decades now. You have to assume Trump and his kind are NOT people that make accusations and lie to protect themselves and their agenda...
(If you believe that last one after the last 2 years, you are not someone I will ever trust the judgement of, ever again. So please comment below so I can make sure I take proper note)
- You have to assume that all FIVE of these women meet whatever qualifications you bring to the table, or that I have just set. And for that to be true, historically when it comes to accusations of this magnitude and numbers, is literally 0% likely, historically, of ALL FIVE OF THESE being false accusations.
- On top of all that, you have to accept that you are denying all this while accepting that a Republican Congress and Republican Senate and Republican President is denying the standard of investigation that has been set for the last 200 years of Supreme Court Justices, that at least allowed for investigation on behalf of Anita Hill (American Attorney, Professor and Academic) in the early 1990s, when Clarence Thomas was pushed through despite her public and embarrassing congressional testimony about her sexual assault, by another Republican vote. You have to accept they are denying these women that standard for reasonable, non-partisan reasons.
If you can swallow all that, and the unprecedented nature of it all, please comment below so myself and others can take note. I honestly won't even argue with you. Please just comment with your dissent.
It's bitter-sweet for a second reason that's harder to address. A reason that I think keeps me from posting haphazardly on such holidays often times. It's that posting things that can be perceived as unabashed nationalism feels disingenuous when you have grown up in a world of ambiguous wars. Of proxy-conflicts. Of wars on "concepts" rather than direct threats. Of counter-attacks that are 10 fold against unknowing participants in a global dance that has been echoing for decades and generations.
But now I said it. I said my peace about the ambiguity that I hope everyone doesn't callously dismiss or gloss over, and I'm not pretending there's an easy answer to what I bring up. It's just...it's worth keeping in mind.
So here's to all the Americans who have given their lives to the idea of freedom and the idea of the United States of America. Without their sacrifice the world would indeed be a darker place, and I believe that, ambiguity and all.
Thank you fallen Americans. Thank you.
Make sure your racist comment isn't something that isn't just a reflection of socioeconomic circumstance before you smugly think you are talking "facts".
99% of people who think they are smart because they can point out race-based patterns, patterns they perceive "the left" is ignoring be it willfully or ignorantly, are themselves ignorant of that starting point: socioeconomic status. They clearly are yet to have that broader conversation and revelation.
"Black on black crime", which racists love to point out, is a completely expected, non-race-consequential idea, because most crime is committed within the communities and people of which you live and exist within. NEWS-FLASH: We are still an incredibly segregated country. Therefor black on black crime, just like white on white crime, is a statistical reality. But you know what it is not? A talking point for dismissing racism.
Socioeconomic status is the most important indicator of having two supportive parents, growing up with education, opportunities, support systems, comfort, food, etc. Therefor it's also the most telling indicator of if you end up committing crimes, have mental health issues, live in a neighborhood harshly policed, lack positive role models, etc. And something as self-perpetuating as this, is not simply disolved and solved within a few decades just because we luckily have a "civil rights" era in our recent history books.
To pretend that people, in this picture from the 1960s, are ancient history, and not LESS THAN ONE GENERATION from where we sit today, is the first and apparently easiest disservice many do to themselves, if they want to even start talking about race in America with an honest perspective. Because you can not tell me that these very likely living, breathing, voting, people from this picture have all moved on from the motives and actions they saw and felt that day.
Just like the motives of the white men in that picture, your dismissive motives online can be similarly interpreted today. And just as we throw bombs with pilot-less drones onto wedding parties in countries we never even think about, it is due to this willful ignorance of our own power and living-history, that the next generation will grow-up scorned by the actions still reverberating from our past.
Needlessly, mind you, due to the choice of so many to deny the reality of our living history.
is a thirty-something guy who hasn't been able to look away from politics since 2010. Around the time he got tired of staring at religion.