Yikes. There are several items below—in fact, all of them— that I would like to devote whole posts to, but far more in my In-Box that I have to devote whole posts to. For some reason, the ethics issues dam has burst in the last few days.
That’s my father above, who died on this date in 2009. I’ve been thinking about him a lot today.
1. There should be no controversy over this: it is wrong, unfair, and absurd for Lia, formerly “Will,” Thomas to compete as a female swimmer in collegiate competitions. Here is the transitioned, now female, former University of Pennsylvania’s men’s swim team star (for three years). His “after” photo is on the left. Oddly, his various treatments and operations have left him a better swimmer as a side effect! Well, that’s not quite right, but she’s dominating the women’s meets, as against Columbia University last month when she won a pair of gold medals in the 200 free and 100 free with margins of 5.4 seconds and 1.3 seconds.
That photo on the left is virtually the only shot of Lia now: I can’t find any full body shots since she transitioned into a championship competitor. Hmmmmm...
If female swimmers who haven’t had the boost of going through male puberty don’t have the guts to protest this, then they deserve what happens. That goes for the female athletes in every other sport as well, and their parents, and their coaches, and the feminist weenies who are allowing women’s sports to be destroyed by their unwillingness to appear “unwoke.”
No question, excluding trans, ex-males from gender-segregated sporting events is a hardship for the new women. I’m sympathetic. I am. But it makes no sense ethically or logically to allow the special problems of a tiny minority to harm the vast majority of female athletes.
2. Good question. ”Does a mother have a right to ingest drugs and harm a pre-viable baby? Can the state bring child neglect charges against the mother? “ Justice Thomas asked during oral argument today in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the abortion case concerning a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The arguments and the questions asked have been widely interpreted to suggest that the law will get at least the 5 votes needed to let it stand, meaning that Roe v. Wade’s viability rule, only allowing abortions to be prohibited by the states after 24 weeks of pregnancy, will be overturned.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other religious organizations argued in their brief that “there is no constitutional basis for the viability rule,” and the Center for Religious Expression agreed that viability is a poor gauge of the state’s interest in protecting fetal life. Two conservative medical associations, the American College of Pediatricians and the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, tried to make the case that the viability rule was based on faulty and now outdated medical information about prenatal development.”Three physicians and the Catholic Association Foundation added that advances in science have “painted an intimate portrait of the fetus and its humanity,” requiring that the viability standard from 50 years ago must fall. Trinity Legal Center and Catholic Medical Association, National Association of Catholic Nurses-USA, Idaho Chooses Life and Texas Alliance for Life made similar arguments in their briefs. [Source: SCOTUSblog]
Oh…the answer Thomas received from the women’s health organization’s counsel? “That’s not what this case is about, but a woman has a right to make choices about her body.” In other words, “Human life? What human life?”
3. OK, Elizabeth’s Holmes’ boyfriend abused her. So what? Are feminists sufficiently disgusted with a female CEO who was lionized for being a powerful woman in a tough field leading a ground-breaking medical technology company, resorting to the “a mean, dominating man made poor, weak, submissive me do it!” defense in her trial for defrauding investors? Holmes took the stand in her own defense yesterday and wept as she accused Ramesh Balwani, her former lover and business partner, of emotionally and physically abusing her. She was controlled, she said, by this monster prescribing the food she ate, dictating her schedule and keeping her away isolated from family. Of course, he forced her to have sex with him too! She’s just a victim!
Ann Althouse, who reads readers’ comments to Washington Post and New York Times stories so I don’t have to, found this one: “Holmes is a sociopath who thinks she’s smarter than everyone else. She conned her investors, her board and her customers, and now she’s trying to con the jury.” Exactly.
4. The Times reports that DAs in Democrat-run cities around the country are re-opening previously investigations into police shootings where the officers had been cleared of criminal conduct. Some of the cases are several years old. This is a true ethical dilemma: if there was genuine misconduct leading to a death, police should be accountable. But if police must face the shadow of criminal prosecution even after they are cleared if a new DA is elected by an anti-cop majority, criminals are likely to have a dangerous amount of freedom to harm citizens and society. Police need to have a margin for error, even a generous one, in a crucial and risk job.
I don’t know what the ethical balance is, but we had better find it, quick. If my son told me he wanted to be a cop, I would tell him, “Don’t.”
5. You know, somehow I don’t think an apology is nearly enough, Alice. T he best-selling author of the memoir “Lucky” and the novel “The Lovely Bones,”Alice Sebold, apologized publicly yesterday to Anthony Broadwater, who was wrongly convicted of raping her in 1982 after she had identified him in court as her attacker, and whose conviction was just vacated by a state court judge. Thanks to Sebold’s mistaken ID, Broadwater, now 61, spent 16 years in prison before being released in 1998 and was forced to register as a sex offender. But she’s sorry, so it’s okay now.
Her apology on the website Medium said in part,
40 years ago, as a traumatized 18-year-old rape victim, I chose to put my faith in the American legal system. My goal in 1982 was justice — not to perpetuate injustice. And certainly not to forever, and irreparably, alter a young man’s life by the very crime that had altered mine. I am grateful that Mr. Broadwater has finally been vindicated, but the fact remains that 40 years ago, he became another young Black man brutalized by our flawed legal system. I will forever be sorry for what was done to him. Today, American society is starting to acknowledge and address the systemic issues in our judicial system that too often means that justice for some comes at the expense of others. Unfortunately, this was not a debate, or a conversation, or even a whisper when I reported my rape in 1981.It has taken me these past eight days to comprehend how this could have happened. I will continue to struggle with the role that I unwittingly played within a system that sent an innocent man to jail. I will also grapple with the fact that my rapist will, in all likelihood, never be known, may have gone on to rape other women, and certainly will never serve the time in prison that Mr. Broadwater did. Throughout my life, I have always tried to act with integrity and to speak from a place of honesty. And so, I state here clearly that I will remain sorry for the rest of my life that while pursuing justice through the legal system, my own misfortune resulted in Mr. Broadwater’s unfair conviction for which he has served not only 16 years behind bars but in ways that further serve to wound and stigmatize, nearly a full life sentence. I am sorry most of all for the fact that the life you could have led was unjustly robbed from youAnd I know that no apology can change what happened to you and never will. It has taken me these past eight days to comprehend how this could have happened.
Nope. This wasn’t “the system” failure, it was her failure. She identified the wrong man and single-handedly put him in prison for 16 years. She can’t apologize and simultaneously cast herself as the victim. Broadwater’s life was ruined by her false accusation, and hers benefited: she turned her rape into a best-selling book. Now Sebold is mouthing Black Lives Matter talking points to distract her own accountability.
She should give her victim every cent she has earned from “Lucky.”