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Sandra Newman @sannewman
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Call me crazy, but I think middle-aged men should accept that if they committed an attempted rape in high school, and it is made public now, it is reasonable and not outrageous that it has an impact on their career.
Like, maybe you're a totally reformed character, but if you are, the thing you do is accept that the horrible thing you did will naturally make people feel differently about you and deal with the consequences without lying or posing as a victim of injustice.
If Kavanaugh drove drunk as a teen and ran someone over, and that person recovered but was always affected by the injuries, while Kavanaugh never admitted responsibility, ever, in thirty years, we would feel differently about him. No one would be saying "Think of the men!"
Rape is not some magic crime that only exists when we want it to exist, that's only serious when we want it to be. It's a real thing like running someone over in a car. We have to stop acting like it changes according to what we feel at any given moment.
And we have to stop allowing this weird doublethink where one day people are saying huffily, "Not all men!" but when something like the Kavanaugh affair happens, it instantly becomes, "But this is totally normal behavior for boys!"
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