Joan Swirsky Explains ->Always Believe the Women––Really?
Joan Swirsky Explains -> Always Believe the Women––Really?
December 10, 2017
It’s become de rigeur for public figures and media personalities to repeat the tired mantra: Always believe the women. This refers, of course, to any accusation of sexual harassment, no matter how far in the past it took place and even if it was interpreted at the time as innocent flirting.
In true Keystone Kop form, however, it was overwhelmingly Democrats who started falling like flies––movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, editor Leon Wieseltier, Today Show host Matt Lauer, comedian Louis C.K., Congressman John Conyers, Senator Al Franken, on and on.
THE CREDIBILITY FACTOR
Two recent incidents reminded me why casting doubt on all these newly-minted victims is more right than wrong.
The second thing I witnessed was the TV show ‘Judge Judy’, where not one but two people, in two separate cases, looked directly at a sitting judge and––wait for it––lied to her face! As it happens, Judge Judy worked for years in the New York City criminal courts and can spot a three-dollar bill from a mile away.
THE WHEAT/CHAFF PROBLEM
Is every woman now claiming to be the victim of harassment lying? Probably not. There will always be schlubs like Harvey Weinstein, jealous of the cool guys and angry from years of rejection, who get some power and promptly abuse it by using women like so many throwaway rags.
Hard to believe, isn’t it, that these men have mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, daughters? Clearly, that’s why some woman (probably) coined the word “ugh”!
But in most cases, the presumption of guilt is dead wrong. As I wrote in a previous article, “Sexual Harassment––Puhleeze”: