I can absolutely see Bill Clinton doing this (then, not now) and not even thinking of it as rape, but thinking of it as dominant, alpha sex. I can see a LOT of men doing that during that time period, before we started telling them in the ’80s, “hey, that is rape, do not do that.” I can see YOUR NICE GRANDPA doing that, back then…I think good men can rape, and be sorry, and not do it again. This is very bad feminism…To sum up, I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.
—Rebecca Schoenkopf, writing in the progressive blog Wonkette, talking about Juanita Brodderick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton
Broaddrick’s claims are back in the news, now that it was noticed that the Hillary Clinton website quietly pulled its statement about the victims of sexual assault having “the right to be believed,” Clinton’s jaw-dropping assertion—given her despicable role in silencing and discrediting Bill’s various victims—that Ethics Alarms discussed when it was first made.
I awoke to multiple rightish blogs, and Ann Althouse, who is dead center, going bonkers over this piece, and rightly so. My initial query is, why only right wing and moderate blogs? Is the left this corrupted by Bill and Hillary? (Okay, that’s rhetorical: the answer is “Damn right they are.”) When did it become progressive to argue that “good men can rape”?
I thought that was a misogynist pig position scrawled on the walls of a troglodyte’s cave.
Good men do NOT rape. Ever. Rape—do I really need to say this?—is signature significance. It was in the 80s, it was in the 60s, it has always been. If you rape (and if you defend rape), you’re not good, you’re not ethical, and you’re not trustworthy. And–do I really have to say THIS?–you’re not just a bad feminist, you’re a phony feminist. (By the by way, you gotcha-masters out there: I am not saying that there is anything wrong with a lawyer defending an accused rapist, like Hillary Clinton did. That is not defending rape itself.)
So why aren’t the indignant, politically correct, feminist, war-on-women-deriding left-leaning web sites, commentators and bloggers collectively retching at the Wonkette post? Explain that to me, someone. Explain why it isn’t evidence that integrity hasn’t died in their skulls, and is stinking up their ethics like a dead rat under the floor-boards.
I have one theory. The Obama administration, cowardly university administrators and militant feminists have collaborated to make “rape” a vague, punitive and easily-proven offense on campus that includes the situation where two drunk students have sex and the woman involved–only the woman, now!– wakes up with a hangover and regrets, and then claims she was “raped” because she couldn’t consent to sex while drunk. Schoenkopf‘s logic gives such men, when they are ejected from college, libeled in Rolling Stone or followed around on campus by a Fury carrying a mattress, a shot at redemption by saying that being rapists need not blight their reputations and character forever. The flaw in that reasoning is that such men aren’t rapists. I love the Mobius strip reasoning, though, don’t you? Crying rape is used as a political weapon on campus, and “good feminists” like Schoenkopf try to avoid accountability for the damage to fairness, due process and justice by distinguishing between good rape and bad rape. As long as you don’t engage in bad rape, you can still be good.
You know, like Bill Clinton! That poll under the title is, believe it or not, from Wonkette, with its overwhelmingly feminist, Clinton supporting readership..
Oh-oh, here it comes!
If you are sane, rational and fair, I shouldn’t have to explain why the Wonkette post is a new low that shows the moral and ethics rot among Hillary’s ranks. Here are some samples from all of those non-progressive sites that have done a good job of that already:
The Federalist (which, unfortunately, confounds Hillary’s ethical criminal defense of an accused rapist with what Schoenkopf is doing):
“No, Bill Clinton was not convicted for raping Broaddrick, but Schoenkopf’s rationale (he is probably a rapist, but who cares) is really quite stomach-churning. Hate to break it to ya, Rebecca, but raping a woman results in the automatic termination of one’s feminist card. A man who sexually violates a woman doesn’t have the right to be considered a feminist, let alone a decent human being, because he’s clearly demonstrated that he doesn’t have women’s best interests in mind.Saying you’re sorry isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card, either. It’s good if you do that, but it shouldn’t mean giving your victim no justice. Rape is rape, after all.”
“I don’t have the words to analyze this unspeakable rot. We’ve been listening to feminists for 40 years tell us that even consensual sex on the marriage bed is rape, that the woman is always to be believed, that rape is about power not sex, and that men are beasts. But apparently at least this one feminist can throw all that under the bus to get Hillary Clinton elected.”
Daily Kos, ThinkProgress, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Jezebel, Rolling Stone, Alas! et al.:
… it was just this one time… I got carried away… Bill is so dreamy… he’s not a bad man… he just does very bad things some times — just that one time! — I’m still a good girl — good feminist — I just engaged in very bad feminism that one time… and I’ll never do it again… unless Bill needs me… oh, that Bill…
And this is why we can’t have good feminism. Women — the majority of humanity — who could come together and demand respect and protection for our bodies are susceptible to getting peeled off individually by a man they feel powerfully drawn to and simply must make an exception for. He’s not really bad. He said he was sorry and he’d never do it again. And there she is, the erstwhile feminist, mouthing the biggest domestic violence cliché in the world.
But it’s not a cliché, not this time, because my guy is so special, mama. If you only knew his heart like I do.