Monday, August 15, 2016

Feminist Columnist: Reporting on Bill Clinton's Rape is Sexist

This is how little professional feminism has to do with helping women. In a BuzzFeed story on Juanita Broaddrick's assault by Bill Clinton, we get the following quote.
Many liberals scoff at the notion that Hillary Clinton played a role in a cover-up, or that she should be to blame at all. In their view, Hillary Clinton has suffered through enough sexism.
“With this more feminist era also comes heightened attention to how women are charged with keeping and controlling men, blamed for their bad behavior while getting no credit for their quiet work in the background,” said Jill Filipovic, a columnist who often writes about gender and politics. The only reason this story is being retold “is because Hillary is now running for president,” she said.
“I suspect using Broaddrick’s claims to try to puncture Hillary Clinton’s feminist bona fides — and make no mistake, that is how they are being used and how they will be used — will badly backfire, since it plays into a lot of the same stereotypes feminists reject.”
Hillary's quiet work in the background involved silencing women who accused her husband of assault.
Campaign narratives written by reporters detailed how she honchoed the campaign team that handled “bimbo eruptions,” digging up personal papers and official records that could be used to undercut the stories told by a series of women. One top aide later recounted Mrs. Clinton’s intent to “destroy” the story of one accuser, while former adviser Dick Morris said Mrs. Clinton engaged in “blackmail” to try to force women to recant their stories.

Of course modern feminists reject the stereotype that Hillary should be accountable for this sort of feminist behavior of intimidating her husband's victims.
And here was Hillary's feminist attitude when it came to a Republican accused of harassing women.
Hillary’s aggressive attitude was not limited to those who accused her husband of sexual misconduct: other men received the benefit of the doubt from Hillary when she needed their support politically. When former Sen. Bob Packwood was accused of sexual harassment, Clinton told her friend Blair that she was “tired of all those whiney women,” and that she needed Packwood on health care.
But professional feminists understand that this is perfectly okay.
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