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October 9 2018

Women and Men Aren’t At War–And All Care About Due Process

via National Review
by Carrie L. Lukas

In the New York Times, Alexis Grenell writes a too-familiar screed against women who supported the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh as “gender traitors” who have “made standing by the patriarchy a full-time job.”

She singles out “white women” as the chief offenders, since they were less likely than others to have voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and is most contemptuous of Senator Collins, who she writes “subjected us to a slow funeral dirge about due process and some other nonsense I couldn’t even hear through my rage headache as she announced on Friday she would vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”

Ms. Grenell be warned: Your headache is about to get worse. It’s not just Senator Collins or a few conservative, white women who are concerned about “nonsense” such as the foundations of our judicial system, such as innocence until guilty is proven.

First, sixty percent of respondents in a Harvard survey wanted Kavanaugh confirmed if the FBI did not corroborate Dr. Ford’s allegations.

Moreover, Rasmussen asked people if they agree or disagree with President Trump’s statement, “It’s a scary time for young men in American when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of.” Overall, men were only slightly more favorable than women to the statement: 58 percent of men and 55 percent of women agreed, compared to 32 and 35 percent who disagreed.

But when broken down by race, blacks were more likely than whites to agree that it’s a hard time for young men. While 56 percent of whites agreed (37 percent disagreed), 71 percent of blacks agreed and just 21 percent disagreed. There wasn’t a gender breakdown within race, but this has to mean that a majority of black women are concerned about how men are being treated in this country.

This shouldn’t be a surprise: We know too well what can happen when the presumption of innocence is abandoned and biases—such as the sexist notion of truth telling, holding that women deserved to be believed over men absent any evidence or corroboration—rule.

As IWF’s Patrice Onwuka wrote:

Just look at Gregory Counts and Van Dyke Perry, two black men recently exonerated after serving a combined 37 years in prison on false rape charges. DNA testing results showed that the men were not connected to the crime and the victim admitted she lied.

There are too many examples like these, and when men are falsely accused it isn’t just they who pay a horrible price. So do their loved ones, which include women.

Ms. Grenell writes bitterly: “the people who scare me the most are the mothers, sisters and wives of those young men, because my stupid uterus still holds out some insane hope of solidarity.”

She should give up that hope. Women aren’t going to join her in her attempts to divide people between the sexes, as if men and women are warring sides. Most women do have men in their lives who they care about and want treated fairly. Most women don’t evaluate political candidates based on their sex, but rather assess their political beliefs and their qualifications as individuals.

Isn’t this what equality and freedom from bias is all about?



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