From where I stand, I'm not comfortable agree with others that women have come a distance since 1991. We live in a world where the young "nephews" are men like Ted Cruz, Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Brett Kavanaugh. Men in power. Men who take issue with women demanding to be recognized as human beings. Men for whom us people of color and our children need to be in the bedroom, behind walls, or bars.
These men have learned from the Thomas hearing what not to do, and, by that I mean, they've learned that there is no need to proceed with caution! In the face of the #MeToo movement, American women are becoming insolent! Fifty-one percent and counting now!
There's no evidence that the man who nominated Brett Kavanaugh is drunk when he speaks about sexually assaulting women. "I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't wait.
"And when you're a star, they let you so it."
Well, okay. Twenty women have accused this men, now in the White House, serving as president of the United States, of sexual assault.
"Grab them by the p---y... You can do anything." Nonetheless!
He has the court jesters appearing on television. He has the white nationalists, the white supremacists, the MAGA camp who just want jobs, and maybe that wall, shouting for him to intervene. Speak! Speak!
And Trump doesn't do Shakespearean asides. The choirboy thing is dead! Be brutal! They got Cosby! Remember, it's worked for me! Too many women are listening to her!
Before September 27, 2018, and the appearance of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the media couldn't recognize any demographics of women, except the group the media referred to as "suburban woman." The media couldn't see past these women out there, somewhere beyond reach. But good women, nonetheless. All-around American women to match all-around American men. Mostly conservative, religious, white. And then the narrative was interrupted for "breaking news": a Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is coming to Washington D.C. to testify against Brett Kavanaugh!
I should step back and say that from the moment Kavanaugh was announced as a nominee to fill the seat of retiring Justice Kennedy, I knew. It's not a question of being fair to the man. Who nominated him? He's nominated by a man not qualified to nominate anything, let alone a Supreme Court justice. The nominator isn't credible to me! In Kavanaugh, I didn't expect a politically conscious white man, a "woke" white man to be Brett Kavanaugh.
I recognized Brett Kavanaugh, however. The Brett Kavanaughs of the world manage to marry and have children and surround themselves with the appropriate entourage of friends and associates. And they remain Schoolteacher, spreading their ideology of white supremacy and positioning themselves as CEOs, doctors, lawyers, police, politicians, educators, deans, chairs, priests, pastors, professors, truckers, store clerks--upstanding gentleman. Pillars of the community. And women of color might be in his life as members of housekeeping, office maintenance or as nannies.
Some of us women recognize the Brett Kavanaughs by the lack of human spirit behind those gentlemanly mannerisms. The condescending posture that assures you you are not one of them--even if colleague. By the same token, it's impossible to connect to the swagger, the assertion of power on display emphatically stating, once and for, all that freedom is always a male's right of birth. We know these guys are not the least bit "nice." Or fair.
But what can we say with his hands over our collective mouths?
So I see the 15-year-old Christine, newly becoming acquainted with the force, the mindset that is the discourse within a body of knowledge collected over hundreds of years. As I've said many times before, when you live in a culture that values and privileges violence, physical and most important, verbal, then you can't expect to see a good man in the White House and certainly not down the way in the halls of the Capitol or over at the justice department.
Violence is the god America worships. Always has.
Brett is schooled. He's a pupil instructed to appear as victim while predator. And Brett, the former boy athlete, would be familiar with the rules spelled out in the play book! And so Brett Kavanaugh arrives, one lie stomping forward, followed by another and another. Kavanaugh's holding court: Those "Democrats," "Clintons," and "left-wingers" all in cahoots, conspiring with these women to bring me, deserving white man, down! In the minds of those older, white male senators, including the younger Jeff Flake (who will stand by the Man), the Fox News audience, and Trump's supporters, what could be more "left-winged" than the #MeToo movement!