The Women Who Write Letters

(Above: my student ID in 1999. Let’s just keep our comments to ourselves.)

 

There’s this pattern I keep seeing. It goes like this:

Woman accuses man of sexual assault. Man denies accusations.

Man’s PR team then releases numerous letters from women saying that he’s not a sexual harasser because, you know, he didn’t harass them.

It’s happened most recently with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the early 80s. But it’s happened with Al Franken, and Tom Brokaw and countless others, resulting in a mental puzzle that becomes increasing difficult to parse: a woman who accuses a man of sexual assault is immediately under suspect – but one who defends that same man often has her word heralded as gospel.

Whenever these letters come out, I cringe. I become enraged. I want to scream about how it’s very

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