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Courtney!!! Milan 🦖 @courtneymilan
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I made the mistake of reading the comments in response to @LeahLitman @ProfEmilyMurphy and Kathy Ku’s lovely op-ed.
Nothing there is surprising. Misogyny is never very original.

That being said, here are some things that are definitely true.
1. I personally do not give a flying fuck about what happens to Kozinski. I don’t care about punishment or blah blah blah.

What I care about: Women still exist in all the places he could be invited. I want those women to be protected.
Men, when you think that women who want accountability are only motivated by revenge and punishment?

You’re letting your misogyny show, because you’re acting like women don’t exist and can’t get hurt in the future.
I honestly do not care whether AK has been punished “enough” or whatever else people keep inventing.

What I think is that women have been punished enough for existing already, and I want women to stop being punished for that.
2. People who want to know where the lawsuits were.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. The EEOA (what most people would sue under for sex discrimination) does not apply to the federal courts, who are supposed to have their own procedures for redress.
The point of the piece was that federal courts have inadequate procedures—one being that we lack the remedies to do the very thing people yell at us about.

3. People want AK accusers to have some kind of “sworn” statement.

Yeah, pay attention to what we actually did.
What we ACTUALLY did was accuse a well-known person, who has access to a massive stable of legal resources which he could likely tap pro bono, of harassment—claims that made him suffer actual career and reputation consequences.
Many of us who signed our names to statements talked to lawyers before we did so, because we were literally betting our houses.
It is pure misogyny that people want to know where OUR lawsuits are—when the federal courts do not provide such a remedy—but do not ask where Alex Kozinski’s lawsuit for defamation was.
Female accusers are assumed to be slanderous uptight bitches without due process of law (when AK literally has a process he can go through), but we don’t get to factually state our own experiences without people immediately yelling about presumption of innocence.
I’m not saying this because I care what lying, hypocritical misogynists think about me.

I’m saying this because I know that thoughtful, intelligent people follow me and it’s always useful to see how misogyny plays out.
Due process isn’t due process if only men get it.

“Oh yeah? Where’s the lawsuit?” is misogyny if you only ask the woman accusing the man of harassment, but don’t ask the man accusing the woman of defamation.
“If this is the rule, should it not protect women, too?” is an easy and cheap way to uncover fundamental misogyny for what it is.
And look, I realize it’s not a big deal, but please recognize—if I had been lying about AK, he could sue me into bankruptcy. He could take my house. My savings. All future royalties from the books I’ve written.
That’s the thing you should be thinking when you see women—established in their careers—making accusations against very powerful people.

They could lose *everything*.
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