We live in strange times. While women are being openly raped in Europe, and young White children, by the millions groomed by rape gangs in Britain, there has been a growing movement to out and expose powerful men, mainly in the US entertainment industry for sexual misadventures. We have covered the #MeeToo movement before, noting that there are certainly legitimate cases of rape and that the men responsible need to be brought before the law. However, as observed by Claire Berlinski in a recent article at The American Interest, these fully legitimate concerns have ballooned out of all proportion, and have grown into another feminist assault upon men:
“If you are reading this, it means I have found an outlet that has not just fired an editor for sexual harassment. This article circulated from publication to publication, like old-fashioned samizdat, and was rejected repeatedly with a sotto voce, “Don’t tell anyone. I agree with you. But no.” Friends have urged me not to publish it under my own name, vividly describing the mob that will tear me from limb to limb and leave the dingoes to pick over my flesh. It says something, doesn’t it, that I’ve been more hesitant to speak about this than I’ve been of getting on the wrong side of the mafia, al-Qaeda, or the Kremlin?
But speak I must. It now takes only one accusation to destroy a man’s life. Just one for him to be tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion, overnight costing him his livelihood and social respectability. We are on a frenzied extrajudicial warlock hunt that does not pause to parse the difference between rape and stupidity. The punishment for sexual harassment is so grave that clearly this crime—like any other serious crime—requires an unambiguous definition. We have nothing of the sort. In recent weeks, one after another prominent voice, many of them political voices, have been silenced by sexual harassment charges.
Not one of these cases has yet been adjudicated in a court of law. Leon Wieseltier, David Corn, Mark Halperin, Michael Oreskes, Al Franken, Ken Baker, Rick Najera, Andy Signore, Jeff Hoover, Matt Lauer, even Garrison Keillor—all have received the professional death sentence. Some of the charges sound deadly serious. But others—as reported anyway—make no sense. I can’t say whether the charges against these men are true; I wasn’t under the bed. But even if true, some have been accused of offenses that aren’t offensive, or offenses that are only mildly so—and do not warrant total professional and personal destruction.”
This is all true. A legitimate burst of anger against evil in Hollywood against women has spiralled out of control. I am naturally cynical because some of the politically correct women championing the US movement, were quite willing to work with the rapists before all of this was exposed, but now that it is safe for their careers, well, they too can play the victim. But, most of all I am cynical about protests that ignores the plight of women in Europe, where brutality found in a war zone has become part of life: