The question of the ages is, which is worse?
It’s a close call, but I vote for the conservative side.
It is true, transparent and pretty embarrassing (I hope) that so many progressives, the Walking Woke, and even feminists are tying their own brains and ours into knots by trying to defend Obama’s long-time happy-go-lucky serial toucher/ hugger/ kisser/ sniffer, nuzzler and groper. We’ve seen this integrity vacuum from them before, as when Gloria Steinem, after successfully selling the undeniable concept that when a man has superior power over a woman, that woman cannot meaningfully consent to being mauled (with love, of course) in the workplace or even boinked after-hours, changed her position so Bill Clinton could escape the consequences of his own sleazy and illegal behavior.
The hypocrisy,is especially egregious now, as I already discussed, because sexual harassment law has been around for over 30 years, because we are two decades past Monica Madness, because Al Franken is watching old Saturday Night Live videos somewhere in Minnesota, and because #MeToo was supposed to have made sure that America “got it.” How is the world can Biden pretend that this doesn’t apply to him? In a 2017 appearance at George Mason University, he defended the Obama “guilty until proven innocent” approach to campus sexual assault allegations, saying: “Guys, a woman who is dead drunk cannot consent — you are raping her! We’ve got to talk about this. Consent requires affirmative consent! . . . If you can’t get her to say ‘yes’ because she wants to, you ain’t much.” And Joe, a woman who is within feel-up distance of a Senator or Vice-President can’t give affirmative consent to touching, hugging, kissing, sniffing, nuzzling and groping, either. This isn’t hard.
Yet now we see the Washington Post, the Ladies of the View, and Mika Brzezinski and Nancy Pelosi and so many others desperately searching for excuses, rationalizations and euphemisms for what was understood as a firing offense in corporate America when Pac-Man was new. Here’s the New York Times:
Biden’s Tactile Politics Threaten His Return in the #MeToo Era“
…But the political ground has shifted under Mr. Biden, and his tactile style of retail politicking is no longer a laughing matter in the era of #MeToo. Now, as he considers a run for president, Mr. Biden is struggling to prevent a strength from turning into a crippling liability; on Tuesday alone, two more women told The New York Times that the former vice president’s touches made them uncomfortable.”
This is beyond shameless. For “tactile politics” read “entitled sexual assault.” Joe has been touching, hugging, kissing, sniffing, nuzzling and groping women all these years because he enjoys it, and assumed he could get away with it, being a Big Shot. Why is that a “strength”? It was never a strength. I teach this stuff, and Biden’s act has infuriated me for a long time: he is a walking, touching, hugging, kissing, sniffing, nuzzling and groping advertisement for sexual assault and harassment.
Can we all agree that the progressives and Democrats defending Joe now are shameless and obvious hypocrites? Good. Moving on…
Republicans and conservatives are delighted to see Biden get cannibalized by #MeToo, but it is increasingly clear that this is because they don’t like Biden and enjoy seeing major Democratic figures hoisted by their own woke petard, not because they really think he’s been doing anything wrong. A huge swathe on the right , and a lot of prominent people on the Left too, especially men in power, don’t get sexual harassment and never did. Forty years, and the concept eludes them. Again, this shouldn’t be hard, but it’s both a guy thing and a Neanderthal thing. I have noticed that the most outspoken mockery of the attack on Biden have been conservative women: the men are letting them do their dirty work. Here’s Heather McDonald at the right wing Spectator:
Conservative pundits and Republican politicians are joining the Democratic outcry against former vice president Joe Biden, accusing him of inappropriately touching females. They are making a serious mistake. Conferring legitimacy on this latest and craziest flare-up of #MeToo hysteria will further weaponize females to take out any man of their choosing, based simply on their feelings…In 2015, Gawker posted a characteristically snarky article that exhaustively gathered all the allegedly damning video evidence about the way Biden ‘creeps on women.’ So what do we see? An elderly man who instinctively uses his hands to reach out to people in greeting, empathy, or alliance, and who occasionally plants a kiss on the top of heads or even lips. To read a sexual agenda into these moments of physical contact, as the Gawker article and its contemporaneous imitators did, is lunatic.
“Sexual agenda” has nothing to do with what’s wrong with such conduct, and never has had, though no one, including MacDonald, has any idea whether Joe or millions of other men get a rush from being “friendly.”Stopping Biden-style discrimination and assault isn’t “insane.” It’s basic decency and common sense:
- Men don’t have the right to touch women without consent in the workplace
- Women do not consent to such touching simply by existing.
- Men who do so are demonstrating dominance and signaling to onlookers that women are subordinate.
- The fact that many women have been conditioned to accept this demeaning treatment doesn’t make the conduct any more right.
“Weird Joe, who’s been showing keen affection to members of the fairer sex since before he became a big Democratic macher, has done the unforgivable in this humorless age. He’s shown genuine human warmth of the male variety to females in the scary era of #MeToo. And he’s demonstrated that the vast suspicion, bordering on hatred, of men — even dudes on the political left — is a force so powerful, he has only one choice: Pack in your presidential hopes, Joe, and repent. The feminists of America are coming for you with torches and pitchforks.”
Oh! It’s humorless for us to frown on entitled, powerful men who believe that they are immune from the law and the requirement of basic respect for women and can touch, hug, kiss, sniff nuzzle and grope women any time they feel like it. Without the strictures against this behavior, workplaces become dating bars where men (and sometimes women) use their power to make every work day a stressful challenge in avoiding being treated like a sex-object and mating target. This is no longer even a matter of debate; it’s just a matter for denial, for two many conservatives who can watch “Mad Men” and say, shrugging, “What’s the matter with that?”
On this basic ethics topic, the Left is hypocritical, but the Right is stupid and hypocritical.