The #Metoo movement created a powerful sisterhood. A pulling back of the curtain to reveal (to men) what it is like to navigate the world as a woman. It came at a great expense. Survivors, even those who didn’t say their truth out loud, having to relive their traumas. It seemed to start a tipping of the scales, one sleaze bag at a time, toward justice.
I watched Dr. Ford. I gasped when she recalled making eye contact with Mark Judge as Brett Kavanaugh pinned her down, covered her mouth, and groped her. She was traumatized that night. She knows who was on top of her.
He was drunk and probably didn’t see much wrong with copping a little feel. It is not surprising he doesn’t remember, though his lack of calling for other witnesses or an FBI investigation show a crack of daylight. He may not remember it, but he knows it’s a possibility.
As if the emotion and clarity of her testimony juxtaposed with his anger and conspiracy theories weren’t enough to induce women’s rage, the Republicans took their turn to respond. With anger at Democrats, apologies to Kavanaugh. But, their worst offense is what their privilege blinds them to. Their response to Dr. Ford.
It was the oft repeated ‘I don’t doubt something happened to her,’ Left unsaid is what they don’t believe. That their guy is the perp.
Instead, they design their response to appease the rage coursing through the women of this country.
A pat on the head to make the little lady feel heard.
And a slap on the back and lifetime appointment for him.